Shama-il Tirmidhi Chapter 25, Hadith Number 32 (174).

Yusuf ibn Abdullah ibn Salaam says, I once observed Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam take a piece of bread and put a date on it and say, ‘This (date) is the curry for this (bread).’ He then ate it.

Because dates were not regarded as a curry, Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam suggested that dates could be used in place of curry. The few days of one’s life could also be covered in this manner. One should spend one’s life in things that will benefit in the Hereafter and forever. It should be pondered upon, and all of one’s time should not be wasted in maintaining and nourishing the stomach. It is very foolish to do so, because the few days we are granted in this world will, in any way pass. Death brings an end to all difficulties. We should ponder on those things that even death cannot bring an end to.


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