Is the following a Hadith, and what does it mean? "The best of your youths are those who resemble men of mature age, while the worst of your men of middle age are those who resemble youths."
- From: dropfare <omerhtp@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 11:30:23 -0700
YOUR SEVENTH QUESTION
Is the following a Hadith, and what does it mean? "The best of your
youths are those who resemble men of mature age, while the worst of
your men of middle age are those who resemble youths."
T h e A n s w e r : I have heard that it is a Hadith. Its meaning is
"The best youth is he who thinks of death like an elderly person, and
working for the Hereafter, is not one of those who become captive to
the passions of youth and drown in heedlessness. And the worst of your
elderly people is he who tries to resemble the young in heedlessness
and passion, and follows the lusts of the soul like a child."
The correct form of the second part you saw in the poster is as
follows: I have hung it above my head for the wisdom it teaches. I
look it at it every morning and evening and receive instruction.
If you want a friend, God is sufficient. Yes, if He is the friend,
everything is a friend.
If you want companions, the Qur'an is sufficient. Indeed, for in the
imagination one meets with the prophets and angels in it, watches the
events in which they were involved, and becomes familiar with them.
If you want possessions, contentment is sufficient. Yes, one who is
content is frugal; and one who is frugal, finds the blessing of
If you want an enemy, the soul is sufficient. Yes, one who fancies
himself is visited with calamities and meets with difficulties.
Whereas one who is not fond of himself, finds happiness, and goes to
If you want advice, death is sufficient. Yes, one who thinks of death
is saved from love of this world, and works in earnest for the
I am adding an Eighth to your Seven Matters. It is like this:
A couple of days ago, a reciter of the Qur'an recited part of Sura
Yusuf as far as,
Take my soul [at death.] as one submitting to Your will [as a Muslim],
and unite me with the righteous.
Suddenly, like a flash, this point occurred to me: everything
concerning the Qur'an and belief is valuable; however insignificant it
appears to be, its value is great. Whatever assists in eternal
happiness is not insignificant. In which case, it may not be said that
this is only a small point, and not worth explaining or being given
importance. And for sure, the first student and one addressed in
matters of this kind, who appreciates the fine points of the Qur'an,
Ibrahim Hulusi, wants to hear this point! In which case, listen to it:
It is a fine point of the finest of stories. An elevated, subtle,
happy, and miraculous point of the verse,
Take my soul [at death] as one submitting, to Your will [as a Muslim],
and unite me with the righteous,
which announces that the story of Joseph (Upon whom be peace), the
best of stories, is coming to an end. It is this: the sorrows and
pains of death and separation at the end of other happy stories, make
bitter the pleasure the imagination has received from the story, and
destroy it. Especially if they tell of death and separation just when
recounting the moment of perfect joy and happiness, this is even more
painful and causes those listening to cry out in sorrow. However,
although this verse tells of Joseph's death just at the most brilliant
part of his story, when he is Ruler of Egypt, united with his mother
and father, fondly meeting with his brothers, and is experiencing the
greatest happiness and joy of this world, it does so in such a way as
to say: Joseph himself asked for his death from Almighty God in order
to experience an even more happy and brilliant state; and he did die
and did receive that happiness.
That is to say, there is beyond the grave a happiness and joy greater
than the pleasurable happiness of this world, so that while in that
most pleasurable worldly situation, a truth-seeing person like Joseph
(Upon whom be peace) wished for bitter death, and so to receive that
And so, see this eloquence of the All-Wise Qur'an, in what way it
announces the end of the story of Joseph. It causes not sorrow and
regret to those listening to it, but gives good tidings and adds
further joy. It also gives guidance, saying: Work for beyond the
grave, for it is there that true happiness and pleasure will be found.
It also points out Joseph's exalted veraciousness, saying: even the
most brilliant and joyful situation of this world did not cause him to
become heedless; it did not captivate him; he still wanted the
The Enduring One, He is the Enduring One!
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