The Affair of Some of Those Who Are Ignorant of the Real Worth of One’s Lifespan!
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Imaam Ibnul Jawzee (rahimahullaah) said:
Indeed, I have witnessed (the affair) of many people- those who do not know the (real) meaning of life. Amongst them is one who has no need of seeking after earnings because of his abundant wealth, but he sits in the market most of the day staring at the people, and how many offensive (affairs) and evil deeds go past him! Amongst them is one devoted to playing chess; and amongst them is one who passes time talking about the rulers, the high and reduced prices of (goods and services), and other than that. So I knew that Allaah (The Most High) has not given everyone the blessing to realise the nobility of (one’s) life span and acquaintance with the value of (one’s) period of well-being, except to the one whom it is bestowed and blessed with the zeal to profit from that.
[Source: Saydul Khaatir: page:241. Abridged & slightly paraphrased]