Every human is a slave. You're either a slave of your desires or a slave of Allāh. You either live life by your rules or the rule of Allāh.
How can the heart travel to Allah if it's chained by its desires?
O' son of Adam! Sell this World for the hereafter and you win both, sell the hereafter for this world & you lose both. (Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyah)
Islam is not a buffet where you pick and choose what suits you. Don't obey your desires. Obey Allaah.
"Imprisoned is he, whose heart is imprisoned from Allāh. Captured is he, who is captured by his desires."
Fudayl Ibn Iyad was asked "What do you find the strangest of all things?" He said: The heart that knows Allāh, yet still disobeys Him
Don’t miss Salāh for the sake of people. You were born & will die alone, you’ll go to the grave alone & be questioned alone on Judgment Day
الْأَخِلَّاءُ يَوْمَئِذٍ بَعْضُهُمْ لِبَعْضٍ عَدُوٌّ إِلَّا الْمُتَّقِينَ
Close friends, on that Day, will be enemies to each other, except for the righteous and God fearing..." •[Surah Az-Zukhruf:67]
Fajr you're asleep, Zuhur you're busy, Asr you're tired, Magrib you're watching tv, Isha you're eating. You can dodge prayer, but not death.
We prepare for uncertain matters in our life like marriage etc but do we prepare for the one event that is definitely going to happen #Death
The first thing a slave will be held to account for is Salah. If we fall short on that, then we will fall short on what's to come.
Fajr: Do not fear missing sleep. Fear a day in which there will be no sleep.”
Expecting Paradise whilst neglecting Prayer, is like waiting for a train to arrive at the airport. Remember to pray Dhuhr
Everyone dreams to be in Jannah, but Allah says:
paradise is not obtained by your wishful thinking •[An-Nisa 4:123] #work hard 4 hereafter
"If you could hear the sound of the pens of the angels writing your name among those who remember Allāh, you'd die out of joy." -Ibn Al-Qayyim
This Dunya Is Not A Resting Place