O People, Get Ready For Your Departure!
Habib al-‘Abeed (RahimahuLLAAH) reports:

Once, when
I arrived in Basrah, I was surprised to see that
the markets were closed, and the streets empty.
I called out, “O people of Basrah, is this some
kind of holiday of yours that I am unaware of?”
Someone answered, “No, but al-Hasan al-Basri
(RahimauLLAH) is in the main gathering place of
basrah, giving a khutbah to the people.”
I hurried to his gathering , and when I arrived
there, I saw him sitting down on some high
ground .

He was saying:
“O people, prepare for departure, for very little
time remains from this world.
Prepare to move to the Aakhirah, for there is no
way to stay here.

Do you not know that you will soon be
surrendered to the place of trial?
Do you not know that each one of you will soon
be alone with his deeds and that you will be
presented with your deeds to ALLAAH on the day of judgment?
HE forbade you from sinning, but you have not
stopped sinning.

HE threatened you with the hell-fire, but you are
neither afraid nor terrified of it.
HE has encouraged you to seek our Jannah, but
you do not seem to desire it or long for it.
Your white hair are warning you of approaching
death, so what are you waiting for?
O white-haired one, you are able to perform good
deeds , so what is your excuse.

O one who obeys his mouth and his desires, who
wastes his share of the Aakhirah by taking his
entire share in this world, who persists in
committing sins and evil deeds , if only I knew :
what your excuse will be before HIM?
What argument will you put forth when you go to
HIM? You are lost and misguided, so ask ALLAAH,
the All-Mighty, to forgive both me and you.”

Extracted from alMawaa‘iz wal-Majaalis page 181

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