“Live like there’s no tomorrow!”
“You only live once!”
When most people hear these words of advice, they often lose sight of the actuality of the statements. I am not at all convinced that the people who live by this “lust for life” philosophy truly understood the meaning of “live like there’s no tomorrow.”
You see, we don’t know if there will be a tomorrow. A “tomorrow” as defined by our limited knowledge. People naively assume that there will be a tomorrow, and that we will wake up and go about our busy day. However, we are not in control of this claim, surely there is no guarantee. Anyone, ANYONE, of sound mind, who thinks this through, knows that we are not guaranteed to be here tomorrow.
Herein lies the deeply concerning issue. Do people take heed of this absolute truth?
Many of us take on the following goals:
- “That’s my motto! Live like there’s no tomorrow.”
- “You only live once.” So, do it up!
- Have a blast
- Try something new and potentially dangerous
- Take that risk
- Spend foolishly on immediate wants and desires.
- Live life to the “fullest” of this life on earth, the Dunya, the now.
Now, I believe that we all need to have fun in our lives, we can have joy and happiness in the Dunya. Allah, SWT, has provided us many treasures here and we are able to enjoy them. We should try new things, take risks, and live life to the fullest (as defined by our purpose here)!
As Muslims, we follow the Path of Allah SWT that was taught to us through the Messenger of Allah (SAW). We focus on worship of Allah SWT, and we strive to stay with all that is permissible (halal) and steer away from what is prohibited (haram). Allah SWT has placed some restrictions on us in this world, however we will have all of the pleasures of Paradise as our reward. These restrictions are for our own benefit and we should embrace them. We also know that Allah SWT tests us with all of the “worldy” desires, tests us with extravagance, with sickness, with wealth, with poverty, and with difficult trials. We know this and we say “Alhamdulillah” for all that He provides.
Many people choose to live in extravagance, seeking to scratch off a task from their endless bucket list! They may continuously spend their money (or worse, buy on credit) on shiny sports cars, or on exotic vacations, or on the nightly party scene. Some lose all sense of modesty and dignity, choose to have meaningless “flings”, indulge in risky behavior, ignore health risks, drink and do drugs “recreationally”,are continuously wasteful and carefree, and live a very hedonistic lifestyle. They don’t stop and think about, or give thanks to, the One who has actually provided them with all of their desires. They have chosen this life as their personal paradise. They do not have Faith in Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.
There is a very famous Hadith that fully captures this:
Narrated Abu Huraira, the Prophet (Peace and Blessing of Allah be upon him) said, “The dunya is a prison for the believer and Paradise for the kafir (disbeliever).” [Sahih Muslim]
Stop…put your desires on hold for a moment….and realize that your actions today will affect your “tomorrow.”
What if we change the wording of “Live like there’s no tomorrow” just a bit? What if it read: “Choose to live today like there is a tomorrow.”
After all, there is a tomorrow. Tomorrow may not be Sunday, or Monday, or Tuesday….but tomorrow will be our destination…the Hereafter.
Tomorrow is the future, the Day of Reckoning, the Day of Recompense . Whether we wake up tomorrow or not, that is in Allah’s SWT hands, however where we end up, well…. we have a choice in that. We have a choice to fulfill our purpose here and reap the everlasting rewards, or to disbelieve and accept the everlasting consequences.
We need to realize the truth, and come to terms with the truth, if we want peace, happiness, and endless joy because the opposite of peace, happiness, and endless joy is a terrible, painful, endless torment.
I recently learned, during a lecture on Surah Al Rahman (Qur’an,55), that any description of the Hellfire has been removed from the scriptures of the Christians and Jews.
What has happened as a result?
A very carefree attitude about the Hellfire. Treating it as if it is a joke and that it doesn’t exist. There are novels and blockbuster movies with hell as a continuous theme, satan characters in movies, music with lyrics about hell, Halloween costumes of the devil, children’s cartoons with depictions of satan, and even comedy/jokes about hell or satan. Who remembers Flip Wilson’s famous line?…. “The Devil Made Me Do It.”
I used to laugh at this stuff too, but now that I have sought knowledge and have learned of the truth, I cannot even begin to understand the humor in the Hellfire. I am terrified! NO JOKE!
Nowadays, in the heat of an argument, when someone tells someone else to “go to hell”….it is no big deal to them, just a swear, just using bad language! No one walks away truly offended at the possibility of actually going to hell, right? And the deliverer of this demand, surely does not wish the consequences of the Hellfire to be upon another human being who has angered him. At least, I assume that he does not know.
The way most people live their lives is in clear disbelief in the Hellfire.
If they truly believed, then wouldn’t they do what ever it takes to not end up there?
Why spend each and every day so embroiled in this Dunya, in your work, in your friends, in your social life, in your spouse, in your children, in your sins, and in wasting precious time, that you forget, or deliberately dismiss, your purpose here?
How arrogant can we be? We are not greater than our Creator. We have a purpose!
It is a Mercy from Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, that the Qur’an gives us very detailed descriptions of the hellfire. We should be forever grateful to Allah (SWT) for this description, and we should be fearful of and want to stay far from that horrible place…the Hellfire!
You’ve all heard the threat “Burn in Hell”…….does the possibility of that scenario not scare you?
You see, you do not burn just once, climb out, heal your wounds, wipe the soot off of your skin, and move on……you burn forever, repeatedly. You beg for water to kill your thirst and ease your pain and you are given drinks of boiling water and you have no choice but to drink it….does that not scare you?
It sure scares me! I am trying to stay far from that place. May Allah SWT continue to guide me and forgive me of my sins. I know that He hears my supplications.
“And seek the forgiveness of Allah. Certainly, Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Surah An-Nisa: 106)
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross was once quoted as saying “It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on Earth and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only one we had.”
This is a pretty powerful quote and, for all intents and purposes, it is a pretty good philosophy to go by, if (and only if) one realizes what it truly means to live each day to the fullest.
I can tell you what it does not mean.
It does not mean to compromise your Faith for the desires of this world!
Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allah (SWT) said, “Be prompt in doing good deeds (before you are overtaken) by turbulence which would be like a part of the dark night. A man would be a believer in the morning and turn to disbelief in the evening, or he would be a believer in the evening, and turn to disbelief iin the morning, and sell his Faith for worldly goods.” (Muslim).
Are you ready to commit to what is good? Are you sincere in your Faith? Do you wish to learn more about this truth?
Time is not on your side unless you begin to do good, stay away from sin, and seek forgiveness from Allah SWT.
‘Truly those who believe, and do good deeds of righteousness, and perform As-Salat, and give Zakat, they will have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.’ (Surah Al Baqarah: 277)
Tomorrow is coming, only Allah SWT knows of the day, but the signs are all around us.
‘The life of this world is but play and pastime, but if you believe (in the Oneness of Allah) and fear Allah, and avoid evil, He will grant you your wages, and will not ask you your wealth.’ (Muhammad:36)
I implore you to take quick inventory of your life. Does your scale weigh heavily of good deeds, or does it weigh heavily of sin?
Make the changes you need to change. Seek forgiveness often, and turn away from sin. The rewards are amazing. Make Jannah (Paradise) your final destination. What better choice is there? Surely not the alternative!
Choose to live today like there is a tomorrow.
Subhan’Allah Alhamdulillah Allahu Akbar