“And for you is an Appointed Time”

خطب عمر بن عبد العزيز
آخر خطبة خطبها فقال فيها

‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-`Aziz (rahimahullaah) said in his last khutbah:

[يا أيها الناس]

O people,

إنكم لم تخلقوا عبثاً
ولم تتركوا سدىً

Indeed you have not been created for mere play
Nor will you be left in vain

وإن لكم معاداً
ينزل الله فيه للفصل بين عباده

And for you is an appointed time
Wherein Allaah will descend to judge between his servants

فقد خاب وخسر من خرج من رحمة الله
التي وسعت كل شيء

Truly the failure is he who has left the Mercy of Allaah
which has encompassed all things

و حرم جنة عرضها السماوات والأرض

And who has been forbidden from Paradise,
its width as wide as the heavens and the earth

ألا ترون أنكم في أسلاب هالكين

Don’t you see that you are indeed in a destroyed plunder

وسيرثها بعدكم الباقون

And those after you shall inherit it

كذلك حتى ترد إلى خير الوارثين

Like that it will be, until it is returned to the Best of Inheritors (Allaah)

و في كل يوم تشيعون غادياً ورائحاً إلى الله

And everyday you are going back and forth escorting (someone) to Allaah

قد قضى نحبه
و أنقضى أجله

His term has been settled
And his life is over

أتودعونه و تدعونه في صدع من الأرض
غير موسّد ولا ممهّد

Will you then bid him farewell and call him from the rough and unleveled cracks of the earth?

قد خلع الأسباب
و فارق الأحباب
و سكن التراب
و واجه الحساب

He has left all provisions
And left his beloved ones
He has settled to live among dust
And is due to face the reckoning

غني عما خلف
فقير إلى ما أسلف

He is free from what he has left behind
And in dire need of what he has put forth

فاتقوا الله عباد الله
قبل نزول الموت و انقضاء مواقيته

So fear Allaah O servants of Allaah
Before the descent of death and the coming of his time

و إني لأقول لكم هذه المقالة
وما أعلم عند أحد من الذنوب مما أعلم عندي

Indeed, I say this to you
But none knows as much as I do of the sins (I have) earned

استغفر الله و أتوب إليه

But I seek the forgiveness of Allaah and repent to Him

ثم رفع طرف ردائه و بكى حتى شهق
ثم نزل فما عاد إلى المنبر حتى مات
رحمة الله عليه

He then lifted the ends of his cloak and weeped…
Then he got down and did not return to the minbar until he passed away

May the Mercy of Allaah be upon him. Ameen
[Translated by sister Farhia]

3 thoughts on ““And for you is an Appointed Time”

  1. Subhan Allah…”But none knows as much as I do of the sins (I have) earned”

    Keep in mind that the sins that they were talking about were not the manifest, clear sins that we commit today. Rather, they considered the moments where they wouldn’t be as charged in their Iman as usual to be moments of sin, or a moment in which their humility before others wasn’t as it normally was, or a moment in which they desired something from the dunya. In fact, they considered this to be nifaq, as in the hadith of Handhalah!

    • BaarakAllaahu feek for your insight. Its so true subhaan’Allaah, their perception of this dunya was very different than ours. They considered the dunya to be worthless, and magnified their fear of Allaah in their hearts. And that is why no sin was insignificant to them.

      Reminds me of the reply Imaam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (rahimahullaah) gave to someone who asked him how he was. He said:

      “How can I be while I am required by my Lord to perform obligatory acts of worship, by my Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) to practice his Sunnah, by the two angels to improve my deeds, and my soul urges me to follow it, shaytaan pushes me to commit evil deeds, the angel of death is waiting to take my life, and my children are asking me to provide for them?”

  2. wa ‘alaykum assalaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh,

    how’ve ya been Umm Khawlah? indeed its been a very long time!

    i’ve been neglecting the online world for a while – you know how it is: no time, no energy, no enthusiasm etc.

    hope you’ve been well, inshaAllaah 🙂

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