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Value Of Youth Time (Part II)

Youth is a time when the nafs [1] boils, the sensual desires jump about and fiendish people and satanic genies attack. A little goodness done at such an age will be given much thawab [2]. When old, when worldly pleasures are on the decline, when power and strength are gone, and when there is no longer any possibility or hope of getting what is desired, nothing can be done except to sigh. Many people do not have a share even from that time of regret. That regret means repentance and is still a great blessing. Many cannot reach those days.

The eternal torments and various sufferings, which our Prophet communicated, will certainly take place, and everybody will get his deserts. Today, wicked people and devilish genies deceive us by putting forth Allah's forgiveness and compassion and prevent us from worshipping and drag us towards sinning. However, one should know well that this world is a place of examination. Therefore, the darlings and the enemies are put together here, and all of them are pitied. Indeed, He declares in the hundred and fifty-fifth ayat [3] of Surat-ul A'raf [4]: "My mercy includes everything." But on the Day of Resurrection the enemies will be separated from the darlings. The ayat, "O kafirs! Today separate from those whom I love!" in Surat-u Yasin, communicates this fact. On that day, only the darlings will be pitied; there won't be any mercy for the enemies, who will certainly be cursed. As a matter of fact, the ayat, "On that day, My mercy will be peculiar only to those who, fearing Me, abstained from being kafirs and from sinning, gave zakat, and believed in the Qur'an and My Prophet," in Suratul- A'raf, conveys that this will be so. Then, on that day, the mercy of Allahu ta'ala will be given to the ebrar (good ones), that is, to those Muslims with a good temper and useful deeds. Yes, all Muslims, all those with iman [5] as much as even a mote, will attain mercy in the end, after staying in Hell for a long time. But, for attaining mercy, it is necessary to die with iman. Nevertheless, when the heart darkens from sinning, when the commands and prohibitions of Allahu ta'ala are slighted, how can the light of iman be protected from going out during the final breath? Great men of the religion say, "Continuing venial sins causes grave sins. And continuing grave sins drifts one into becoming a disbeliever." May Allahu ta'ala protect us against being so!
Translation of a Persian couplet:

I talked very little and feared hurting your heart
Knowing your short temper, I refrained from what I'd impart.


May Allahu ta'ala bless us with doing the things which He likes! For the sake of His beloved Prophet, Hadrat Muhammad [6], and his dear Ahl-i bayt [7], may He accept our prayer!

No, no! You are never treated unjustly by your Allah!
What you suffer from is an atonement for your deeds!

GLOSSARY
[1] nafs: a force in man which wants him to harm himself religiously; an-nafs al-ammara. A negative force within man prompting him to do evil. (Nafs-i ammara). Nafs is ammara by creation, that is, it always wishes evil and harmful deeds to be done. It is reluctant to obey the Shari'at. The nafs of a man who obeys the Shari'at and makes progress in the way of tasawwuf becomes mutmainna. It wishes to obey the Shari'at.
[2] thawab: Muslims will be rewarded in the Hereafter for all their pious actions which they have done in the world. The rewards which Muslims will be given in the Hereafter are called thawab. The word is used as an adjective as well as a noun. For example, when we say that an action is very thawab we mean that Allahu ta'ala will give many rewards for the action. Rewards which Muslims will be given in the Hereafter.
[3] ayat: A verse of al-Qur'an al-karim; al-ayat al-karima.
[3] suura(t): a Qur'anic chapter [a chapter of the Qur'an].
[4] suura(t): a Qur'anic chapter [a chapter of the Qur'an].
[5] iman: faith, belief, beliefs of Islam; kalam, i'tiqad.
[6] Hadrat: title of respect used before the names of great people like and Islamic scholars.
[7] Ahl al-Bait: immediate relatives of the Prophet ('alaihi 's-salam): (according to most 'ulama') 'Ali, first cousin and son-in-law; Fatima, daughter; Hasan and Husain, grandsons (radiy-Allahu ta'ala 'anhum).