Uthman’s رضي الله عنه final sermon…

‏قــال عثمان رضي الله عنه في آخر خطبة له :”إن الله عز وجل أعطاكم الدنيا لتطلبوا بها الأخرة ، ولم يعطكموها لتركنوا إليها، إن الدنيا تفنى والآخرة تبقى، لاتبطرنكم الفانية، ولا تشغلنكم عن الباقية، وآثروا ما يبقى على ما يفنى، فإن الدنيا منقطعة وإن المصير إلى الله”

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Uthman رضي الله عنه said in his final sermon:

Allah gave you this worldly life to seek by it the hear-after and He did not give it to you so that you incline towards it (i.e. chase after lowly things). Verily this worldly life will perish and the hear-after will remain. Do not become haughty over that which is finite and allow it to distract you from that which is ever lasting.

So give preference to that which is eternal over that which is ephemeral. And indeed this worldly life will come to an end. And to Allah will be the return.

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