Being a Stranger in the World
وعن ابن عمر – رضي الله عنهما – قال: أخذ رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم بمنكبي فقال: كن في الدنيا كأنك غريب, أو عابر سبيل وكان ابن عمر – رضي الله عنهما – يقول: إذا أمسيت فلا تنتظر الصباح, وإذا أصبحت فلا تنتظر المساء, وخذ من صحتك لمرضك, ومن حياتك لموتك. رواه البخاري.
From Ibn Umar radhiallohu ‘anhuma he said: Rosululloh shollallohu’ alaihi wa sallam has held both my shoulders as he says, “Be thou in the world like a stranger or a wayfarer.” Ibn Umar said: “If you are in the afternoon do not wait for morning and if you are in the morning do not wait for the afternoon. Use the ill health before and during your life before death. “(Narrated by Bukhari)
This hadith is a hadith narrated by Ibn Umar containing the prophet’s counsel shollallohu ‘alaihi wa sallam to him. This hadith can turn the heart because in it there is a warning to stay away from the deception of the world, the young, the healthy, age and so on.
Ibn Umar said: [Rosululloh shollallohu ‘alaihi wa sallam never hold both shoulder]. This shows a great concern to him, and at that time his age was 12 years. Ibn Umar said: [He has held both the shoulder]. Rosululloh shollallohu ‘alaihi wa sallam said: [Be thou in the world like a stranger or a pedestrian]. If humans want to understand this hadith then it contains an important testament to suit reality. Behold, the man (Adam-pent) started life in heaven and then lowered to the earth as a trial, then he is like a stranger or a wayfarer in life. The arrival of humans in the world (as humans) is like the coming of a stranger. When in fact the residence of Adam and those who follow him in matters of faith, piety, and sincerity to Allah, monotheism is a paradise. Indeed Adam was cast out of heaven is as a trial and retribution for doing immoral deeds. If you want to ponder this, then you will conclude that a Muslim who would always remind the intrinsic desires and educate with the principle that the real residence is in heaven, not in this world. He is in a place full of temptations in this world, he’s just a stranger or a wayfarer as that related by Al Musthofa shollallohu ‘alaihi wa sallam.
How beautiful the words of Ibn Qoyyim rohimahulloh when mentioning that longing, love and hope of a Muslim to heaven because heaven is a place of original residence. A Muslim is now the prisoner of his enemies and was expelled from his country because the devil has been captivating our father, Adam ‘alaihissalam and he saw, whether he will be returned to their places of origin or not. Therefore, it would be good words of a poet:
نقل فؤادك حيث شئت من الهوى ما الحب إلا للحبيب الأول
Palingkan your heart on what you love
It is not love it except for the first love
Namely jalla Allah wa ‘ala
كم منزل في الأرض يألفه الفتى وحنينه أبدا لأول منزل
How many homes are occupied by a person on earth
And forever longing only to the original place of residence
That is heaven
Thus, it always makes the hearts and repent to Allah jalla tawadhu wa ‘ala. That is, those whose hearts they always rely on Allah, whether in love, hope, anxiety, and obedience. Their hearts were always associated with a country full of the glory of heaven. They know that heaven seemed to be in front of their eyes. They are in the world like a stranger or a wayfarer. People who are in the condition as if they were strangers or travelers would not be happy with his present condition. Because foreigners will not be happy unless you are in the midst of his family. While travelers will continue to accelerate his business trips to be completed soon.
Thus the nature of the world. Adam had lived his life. Followed by Noah who lived for 1,000 years and preached to his people for 950 years,
فلبث فيهم ألف سنة إلا خمسين عاما
“So he lived among them a thousand years less fifty years.” (Surat al Ankabut: 14)
Then he finished and the time has passed. Then there is again a people who lived for several hundred years later they passed the time. Then after them, there are more people who have lived for 100 years, 80 years 40 years 50 years and beyond.
Essence they are like a stranger or a wayfarer. They came into the world and then they leave. Death will happen to everyone. Therefore each person is bound to give attention to himself. The biggest disaster that befell a person is of the nature of this omission, negligence of the nature of the real world. If Allah a favor to you so that you can understand the nature of this world, that world is a foreign country, a country full of exams, the country where attempted, a temporary state and not eternal, surely your heart will be healthy. As if you are negligent about the nature of this then death can befall you. May Allah bring us all from all forms of negligence.
Then Ibn Umar rodhiallohu ‘anhuma proceed with the intestate,
إذا أمسيت فلا تنتظر الصباح, وإذا أصبحت فلا تنتظر المساء
“If you are in the afternoon do not wait for morning and if you are in the morning do not wait for the afternoon.”
That you should always be alert to the death that came suddenly. You ought to always be ready with the arrival of death. Mention of Salaf and scholars of the hadith that if a person were told that death would come to him tonight, so not sure he can add his good deeds.
If someone is told that death will come to him tonight, then he may not necessarily increase his good deeds. This can happen by always considering the rights of Allah. If he is worship, then he has fulfilled the rights of Allah and sincere worship only to Robbnya. If he provide for his family, then he did it with sincerity and in accordance with Shari’a. If he sold and bought, then he will do willingly and always hope to get a halal sustenance. Thus, any activity that he did, always guided by science. This is the virtue of people who have the knowledge, if they act and do something then he will always be underlying the Shari’a law. If they sin and error, then soon they will beg for mercy. So he would like the innocent people after beristigfar. It is their position. Hence Ibn Umar rodhiallohu ‘anhuma says:
وخذ من صحتك لمرضك, ومن حياتك لموتك. رواه البخاري
“Use the ill health before and during your life before death.” (Narrated by Bukhari)