After the Taraweeh prayer, my Shaykh, Hadhrat Maulana Adam Sahib, has a gathering which is short and concise but full of wisdom and advice.
In last nights Taraweeh, Hadhrat was explaining the importance on ensuring one does not harm another person especially during the month of Ramadhan. So much so, that if a person was to complete his Faraidh (obligatory duties) and thereafter refrain from any other activity whilst secluding himself in his home, with the intention that he should save others from his harm. Then such a person will be regarded with such high status in the sight of Allah.
Hadhrat explained how is so unpredictable and unreliable. We give, within our lives, preference to activities such as eating, earning and materialistic things, although these are not forbidden they are futile for our Hereafter, and the key is to realise this and then continue with our lives.
The example Hadhrat gave was that of a balloon; we spend so much time in blowing air into the balloon and we make it grow and grow. However, it only takes a small pin to come and end all our efforts and the balloon will burst.
Similarly, in our lives (, we fill our days with so much things during our daily activities but we should always realise that the pin of death will take a fraction of a second to end all our efforts in this world.
Our lives are like the fragile balloons and whatever activities we do we is the air we are filling the balloon with.
May Allah give us the ability to remember Him continuously and to realise the reality of this life and through that give us the inclination to prepare for the Hereafter. Aameen