What Will Be Useful For Us To The Hereafter?

This letter, written to Sayyid Mir Muhibbullah, informs that in the world it is necessary to do what will be useful to the Hereafter.

Praise and thanks be to Allahu ta'ala! May Allahu ta'ala keep you and us on the right way of your ancestors! As the alms of His beloved Prophet, the Highest of Mankind, may He accept our prayer! The states and the matters of the faqirs [1] being here have been all right. We always offer our hamd [2] and thanks to Allahu ta'ala, and we pronounce our infinite benedictions and salam [3] over His Prophet. I pray to Allahu ta'ala that you may keep on being in safety, in good health, on the right way, and make progress.

My dear and merciful Sir! The time of earning has been going past. Each moment past has been subtracting from your life, the time of death is approaching. If we do not pull ourselves together today, we will obtain nothing but sighing, wailing and repenting tomorrow. In this few-days' time of health, we should try to live suitably with the brilliant Shari'at [4] ! In this way only are we hoped to get saved. Worldly life is the time of work. The time of comfort and pleasure is further ahead. The rewards of what is done in the world will be obtained there.

To spend the time of work amusing oneself is like a farmer's eating his seeds, thus depriving himself of the harvest which he will get later on. I hesitate to write any more lest I cause your head to ache. May Allahu ta'ala make you attain the blessings of this world and the next!

[1] faqir: i) form of introduction of oneself, meaning poor, humble servant in need of Mercy; ii) poor Muslim who has more than his subsistence but less than nisab.
[2] hamd: glory, glorification; gratitude and praise. : thanksgiving
[3] salam: i) greeting, peace, good wish; ii) the phrase "Assalamu 'alaikum wa rahmatullah" said at the end of salat.
[4] Shari'at: (pl. of Shari'a) i) rules and commandments as a whole of the religion. ii) religion.