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When you awake in the morning, do not wait for the evening

Question

Please source the following narration:

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “When you wake up in the morning, do not anticipate the evening, and when you find yourself in the evening, do not anticipate the morning.”

 

Answer

The narration in question appears in Sahih Bukhari and other Hadith sources as the statement of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhuma).

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) took hold of his shoulder and said: “Be in this world as if you were a stranger or a traveller/someone passing through.”

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) used to say, “In the evening, do not anticipate/expect to be alive the morning, and in the morning do not anticipate/expect to be alive the evening. Take from your health for your illness and from your life for your death [i.e. do good deeds when you have good health and before you pass away].”

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 6416)

 

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And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar