All praise be to Allah. All praise be to Allah, the Possessor of Power and Eternity and Kingship. For Him is Glory in the heavens and earth. And for Him is Honour in them and Force and Might, painful in punishment, severe in consequences, and He is Eternal, Ever-Living and does not die. Glory be to You, O Allah. Who is the one that feels safe (with) Your Plan, how lost is he?! And who is the one that flouts Your Prohibitions, then how regretful is he?! And who is the one that Your Threat befalls and he is saved?!
And I bear witness that there is no god but You. Glory be to You. And I bear witness that Muhammad is Your servant and messenger. May Allah’s salutations be on him, for how fearing he was of Allah and how devout! And may Allah’s salutations be on him, how pious and Allah-conscious he was! And may His salutations be on him, for how much of his tears flowed for Allah! And may His salutations be on the family and noble companions and much peace until the Day of Judgement.
Fear Allah – the Exalted – as He ought to be feared. And hold onto Islam with the firm tie. And prepare for the meeting of Allah and beware of His Punishment, for verily your bodies cannot be patient on the heat of the Hellfire and cannot withstand it: “O you who believe! Fear Allah and keep your duty to Him. And let every person look to what he has sent forth for the morrow, and fear Allah. Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what you do.” [Hashr; Verse 18]
All praise be to Allah. All praise be to Allah, the Possessor of virtue and bounties. For him is abundant praise and purest greetings, and (in) Him is the hope for forgiveness of sins and errors. He threats and He promises, and makes the good outcome for the one who believes in Him and guides and who is steadfast and guided and does not ascribe any partners with his Lord.
And I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone. He has no partner. He begets not, nor was He begotten, and there is none co-equal or comparable unto Him.
And I bear witness that Muhammad is Allah’s servant and messenger. He gave his nation the glad-tidings of Paradise and warned them of Hellfire, and being dissatisfied with this abode, longing for the permanent abode. May Allah send salutations, peace and blessings on him and on his pure family and chosen companions and those who follow them and those who follow them in goodness until the Day of Judgement.
O Muslims: I advise you and myself with the fear of Allah. For it is the preparation of this life to reach to the promise of the God. And do not let the life of this world distract you, for verily life is a wheel that will soon stop and souls are approaching and nearing their deadlines. Then all the creation will thereafter arrive at the promise of Allah or His threat. “O my people! Truly, this life of the world is nothing but a enjoyment, and verily, the Hereafter that is the home that will remain forever. Whosoever does an evil deed, will not be requited except the like thereof, and whosoever does a righteous deed, whether male or female and is a true believer, such will enter Paradise, where they will be provided therein (with all things in abundance) without limit.” [Ghafir: Verse 39-40] So the one who is granted the ability is the one who is earnest and strives and in the seasons of goodness he strives and in them he rejoices to attain Paradise and with Paradise he is triumphant.
Sheikh Salaah al Budayr February 15, 2008 ~ Safar 8, 1429
All praise is due to Allah, the Magnificent, the Exalted. I praise Him for the favors and grace He has bestowed upon us. I bear witness that there is no God except Allah alone without any partners. He is glorified and well above being compared with anyone or anything. He is greater than any attribute of creation which will ultimately come to an end. I also bear witness that our Prophet and Leader Muhammad (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is His servant and messenger, and the one who has been characterized by the best and most honored of traits and attributes. May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him, his family, and companions, the most best of companions and most honored family.
Oh Muslims, fear Allah, the Almighty, and give thanks to Allah for the favors and graces He has bestowed upon you all your life. Lessen your hopes in this life, and prepare yourselves for a sudden death, since there is no servant who has far-reaching hope except that it ends in sinful deeds. Allah says: “O you who believe! Fear Allâh and keep your duty to Him. And let every person look to what he has sent forth for the morrow, and fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is All-Aware of what you do.” [Surah Hashr: Ayah 18]