b. Love for the World
No doubt, love for the world is the cause of the long-life hope we are suffering from. To love the world means to be attached to it; to one’s property, residence, family, children, vehicle, and material benefits. The more one loves the things in the world, the more he gets attached to them; and whenever he feels the bitterness of leaving them, he tries to resist that departure. He indeed fears to leave them, and dislikes to keep away from the familiar things he likes. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says (what means): “But you prefer the worldly life, While the Hereafter is better and more enduring.” [Qur’an 87:16-17] That is, you prefer what is despicable and perishable to enduring permanent good in the presence of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. If the idea of death occurs to the mind of such a person, he soon drives it away from himself, because he does not like that cause which keeps him away from the things he likes and is familiar with in this world.
For this reason, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “What do I have to do with this world?” [At-Tirmithi] “Nay! My similitude is like a traveler who has sought the shade of a tree (for a short time) and then gone on and left it.” No doubt, if his heart gets attached to anything in this world, he will like it; and if he likes it, he will dislike to leave it. To dislike to leave that thing means to dislike to meet Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, i.e. to dislike death which hastens the meeting with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, because he has no longing for Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, nor for meeting Him.
Even if he remembers death and the lamp of faith flourishes in his chest, he will procrastinate and say, “Allah willing, tomorrow…when I grow old… when I finish the ceremonies of this marriage… when I finish that job…when I finish this study, I will do such-and-such.” Being so, he does not know that if an occupation is opened to him in this world, it brings about ten further occupations.
In no way would the world come to him one day to say, “You are a kind man. Leave this world and what it contains this day, or in those days, and rather be fully devoted to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.” Neither this world would say so, nor would his soul, which loves the world, help him do so, nor would his heedlessness of the Hereafter and of the meeting with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala aid him to achieve anything thereof.