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حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو بِشْرٍ بَكْرُ بْنُ خَلَفٍ وَأَبُو بَكْرِ بْنُ خَلَّادٍ الْبَاهِلِيُّ قَالَا حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى بْنُ سَعِيدٍ حَدَّثَنَا سُفْيَانُ حَدَّثَنِي أَبِي عَنْ أَبِي يَعْلَى عَنْ الرَّبِيعِ بْنِ خُثَيْمٍ عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ مَسْعُودٍ

عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَنَّهُ خَطَّ خَطًّا مُرَبَّعًا وَخَطًّا وَسَطَ الْخَطِّ الْمُرَبَّعِ وَخُطُوطًا إِلَى جَانِبِ الْخَطِّ الَّذِي وَسَطَ الْخَطِّ الْمُرَبَّعِ وَخَطًّا خَارِجًا مِنْ الْخَطِّ الْمُرَبَّعِ فَقَالَ أَتَدْرُونَ مَا هَذَا قَالُوا اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ أَعْلَمُ قَالَ هَذَا الْإِنْسَانُ الْخَطُّ الْأَوْسَطُ وَهَذِهِ الْخُطُوطُ إِلَى جَنْبِهِ الْأَعْرَاضُ تَنْهَشُهُ أَوْ تَنْهَسُهُ مِنْ كُلِّ مَكَانٍ فَإِنْ أَخْطَأَهُ هَذَا أَصَابَهُ هَذَا وَالْخَطُّ الْمُرَبَّعُ الْأَجَلُ الْمُحِيطُ وَالْخَطُّ الْخَارِجُ الْأَمَلُ

*It was narrated from ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud that the Prophet (ﷺ) drew a square, and a line in the middle of the square, and lines to the side of the line in the middle of the square, and a line outside the square, and he said:*

“*Do you know what this is?” They said: “Allah and His Messenger know best.” He said: “Man is the line in the middle, and these lines to his side are the sicknesses and problems that assail him from all places. If one misses him, another will befall him. The square is his life span, at his neck; and the line outside it is (his) hope.”(Ibn Majah)*

*From this hadith we derive that there are things that we will get from this life and others that Allah Ta`ala will make us miss. So ‘’Take whatever Allah Ta`ala has given you and be grateful to Him’’*

فَخُذْ مَا آتَيْتُكَ وَكُنْ مِنَ الشَّاكِرِين [الأعراف : 144]

*Sabr on missed ambitions coupled with gratefulness on actual favours. So count your favours and read lots of Alhamdulillah.*

*And know that one day we will leave. So cater your life goals in the limited square lifetime and know that you will need to empty pockets soon at customs. So plan for the white cloths wrapping coming on the frontiers of life.*

*The winner will be not badge titles. But simply the one who accumulated more sawaab and reward. So read lots of Quran, zikrullah and Douroud on Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam.*

Mufti Mackoojee

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