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Corruption in Time 15 June 2009

Posted by MOZAFFAR in Misc.
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We know that the clock is ticking.  We know that whether we sit or act, whether we do nothing or do something, the clock is ticking.  We know that as time races forward, seemingly faster and faster, we are losing out, unless we make the best usage of our time.  And we know that that best usage of our time is to believe, to do right, to call others to truth, to call others to perseverance.

And, we know that at some point, the clock will stop ticking.  Twice.  It will stop ticking when it is time for us to die, and it will stop ticking when it is time for the world to die.  And, though we might discover signs indicating the nearing of our own deaths, and though we might discover signs indicating the nearing of the world’s death, we do not know when that time will come, except that it will come.

Thus, we hurry to serve God.  Do you have that urgency?  Do you have that urgency knowing not only is time racing forward with or without you, it is racing toward its deadline?

We don’t talk about it.  We speak about poverty and prosperity in our society.  We speak about sickness in our society.  But, we speak of time as something as assumed as the sun; that eventually the sun will collapse, or explode, or change, though that will long after any of us would care.  Such is the way we speak of time, until it is gone.

I went through this period where I really felt that my death might take place in the next day.  I was sitting in a restaurant with a number of young people, chatting about life, with my mind on the fact that because of sickness, my death would take place in the next day.

At that point, when you are facing what you believe is your death, you might find yourself losing all sense of power.  I still had hope.  I still had fear.  But, I lost power.  The only thing left was to hope for forgiveness, and maybe perform a few tiny works of service.

But, that was wrong.  I lost that sense of power because I had resigned myself to the situation, convincing myself that there was nothing left that I could do.  That is dead wrong.  It is not my responsibility to give up my life, for it will at some point be taken from me.  It is my responsibility to serve, and to keep increasing in my service.

And such is the case with time.  My concern is the knowledge that there is a deadline that might come upon me suddenly.  But that knowledge is reminder.  That knowledge is a reminder not only that time is racing forward, not only that time is racing forward, not only is time racing toward its deadline, but that the world on this side of the deadline is largely temporary and fleeting, and the world on that side of the deadline — the world beyond time — is essentially permanent.  And, thus, we hurry to do good, in preparation of that world beyond time.

And Allah knows best.

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