When a man passes through trials and tribulations and he does so with patience, because God says that he should do so, then these trials and tribulations make him join the ranks of the angels. The Prophets are very dear to God because they pass through greatest of trials and tribulations and these trials and tribulations take them nearer to Him. Hazrat Imam Hussain, peace be on him, as well as the Companions of the Holy Prophet, sallallaho alaihi wa sallam, had to pass through great tests. If a man sits down to take dainty dishes and he turns the beads of the rosary, he should not expect to meet God. The rosary of the Companions of the Holy Prophet, sallallaho alaihi wa sallam, was the sword. If now a days somebody is sent somewhere on a preaching assignment, he starts saying within the span of ten days, that there is none to look after his home (and therefore he would like to go back). If we look at the lives of the Companions of the Holy Prophet, we would find that they had, as if, decided from the very beginning that they would not mind even if they had to sacrifice their lives. They had accepted it as a fact of their life, that they would sacrifice their lives for the sake of God. The Companions would go to the battlefield and some of them would lay down their lives there while others would come back alive. The relatives of those who had laid down their lives on the battlefield would express great joy for, they, the Martyrs, had sacrificed their lives for the sake of God. On the other hand, those who would return alive, would continue waiting for the opportunity of laying down their lives for the sake of God; they always felt that perhaps they were not good enough to have the opportunity of becoming a martyr. They would continue making up their mind – and strengthening themselves in this determination of theirs – that one day they would give their life for the sake of God. God says:
“Nay We hurl the truth and falsehood, and it breaks its head, and lo, it perishes. And woe be to you for that which you ascribe to God.” (21:19)
In this Age, the people who are most sincere, steadfast and Muttaqi are the people of this Jamaat of mine but even among them there are a lot of people who are the worms of this world (too much engrossed in the worldly affairs). A poetical verse says: You want the communion of God and you also want this mean world. Let me tell you, this is utterly impossible and it is nothing less than madness.
Nobody knows when he would be called upon to surrender his life. That being the case one should not be unmindful of the fact of his mortality and he should not give preference to the worldly affairs over his religion.
Do not depend on your life. You should not think that you are secure against the devastation of the Time.