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THE PAST IS GONE FOREVER

ClockBy brooding over the past and its tragedies, one evinces a sickness that destroys ones resolve to live for the present moment. Episodes of the past are finished; sadness cannot retrieve them, melancholy cannot make things right, and depression will never bring the past back to life. This is because the past is non-existent.

Do not live in the nightmares of former times or under the shade of what you have missed. Save yourself from the ghostly apparition of the past. Do you think that you can return the sun to its place of rising, the baby to its mother's womb, milk to the udder, or tears to the eye? By constantly dwelling on the past and its happenings, you place yourself in a very frightful and tragic state of mind. Reading too much into the past is a waste of the present. When Allah mentioned the affairs of the previous nations, He said:

"That was a nation who has passed away." (Qur'an 2:134)

Former days are gone and done with, and you benefit nothing by carrying out an autopsy over them, by turning back the wheels of history. Everything on earth marches forward, preparing for a new season, and so should you.

TODAY IS ALL THAT YOU HAVE

When you wake up in the morning, do not expect to see the evening. Live as though today is all that you have. Yesterday has passed– with its good and evil, while tomorrow has not yet arrived. Your life's span is but one day, as if you were born in it and will die at the end of it. With this attitude, you will not be caught between an obsession over the past, with all its anxieties, and the hopes of the future, with all its uncertainty.

Organize the hours of this day so that you make years out of minutes and months out of seconds. Seek forgiveness from your Lord, remember Him, prepare for the final parting from this world, and live today happily and at peace. Be content with your sustenance, your spouse, your children, your work, your house and your station in life.

"So hold that which I have given you and be of the grateful." (Qur'an 7:144)

LEAVE THE FUTURE ALONE UNTIL IT COMES

Do you think it wise to pick fruits before they become ripe? Tomorrow is non-existent, having no reality today. So, why should you busy yourself with it? Why should you have apprehensions about future disasters? We do not even know whether we will even see tomorrow.

Many people are fearful of future poverty, hunger, disease, and disaster. A true Muslim should have firm faith in Allah (SWT). One should trust in Allah, and always ask Allah for guidance. In addition, one should ask Allah for forgiveness for any sins that may have been committed and ask Allah for righteous guidance that leaves one on the path to Sirat-ul-Mustaqueem. Ameen!

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The Islamic Bulletin
P.O. Box 410186, San Francisco, CA 94141-0186

Vol. XX, No. 25
Note from the Editor
Letters to the Editor
Everyday Dua'a
Islam in Colombia
The Purpose of Life
Inna Lilahi Wa Inna
Ilayhi Rajioon
Ask and He Gives
How I Embraced Islam
Three Special
Individuals
Salaahtul Janazah -
Shafi'i
Salaahtul Janazah -
Hanafi
Learn to Perform and
Correct Your Wudhu
How to Perform
Salaatul Tasbeeh
Prayer Locations
Supplications After
Prayer
The Last Sermon
The Prophets Quiz
Monthly Prayer Calendar
Cook's Corner
Secrets of
Surah Kahaf
Contemplations of
Surah Al Asr
The Past is
Gone Forever
Speaking of Time
Olive Oil
Stories of the Sahabah
Sayings of the Prophet
Extras