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“I Love Not Things That Set”!

Dear sisters and brothers, Assalamu Alaikum.

In the life of Prophet Ibraheem (peace be upon him) we have an Excellent Model to emulate.

I love what Ibraheem (Alaihis salam) said, ‘I love not things that set’!

This statement, uttered by the great Prophet in the beginning of his career, is of iconic nature. 

 “When the night grew dark upon him he beheld a star. He said: This is my Lord. But when it set, he said: I love not things that set.” (Surah al An’aam: 6: 76)

‘Afala’ in Arabic means ‘to go down’, ‘set’.

‘Aafileen’ is the plural form of the word ‘Aafil’ which means ‘transitory, passing’.

We, as believers in Islam, look at Prophet Ibraheem (alaihis salam) with respect and reverence. We should also understand and adopt what he said literally in our life! Our life must become a living extension of the beautiful phrase he used. We must take the golden words ‘I love not things that set’ as the song of our life.

‘I love not those that set’!

‘I love not things that go down’!

‘I love not things that disappear’!

‘I love not those that are transitory’!

Today one may be enjoying high status in the society. Tomorrow he will be thrown off. The world has witnessed many rulers who were riding the crest in their hay days. And now they are a forgotten lot! There is no sense in taking pride in fame and status. They will eventually vanish. Say: I love not things that vanish!

Today one may be very beautiful. But you know, yesterday’s Beauty Queens are today’s Ugly Ducklings! Physical beauty disappears faster than one imagines! One of the banes of globalisation today is people spend a lot on cosmetics. Come on, sisters! It is cosmetic beauty after all!  Say: I love not the beauty that will disappear!

Today one may have wealth and abundance. Who knows what will happen tomorrow!

A simple turn of the tide can reverse the whole scenario. Many a fire accident, flood and tsunami have brought down rich people from palaces to refugee camps. Isn’t it?

So there is great truth in living the phrase: ‘I love not that which is transitory’!

I gave just three examples – status, money, physical beauty. But Allah uses the word ‘Kullu’ to make us understand that everything on the face of the earth will vanish. Only Allah is Ever-Living, the Eternal.

“Everyone and everything on earth will perish. And the Face of your Lord full of Majesty and Honour will abide forever.” (Surah Ar-Rahmaan: 55: 26, 27)

May Allah guide us to the Right Path and retain us in the Right Path so that we love to love not things that set! Aameen.

PS: Don’t forget to read A moving du’aa – Amazing read, MaaShaaAllah!

January 20, 2012 - Posted by | Inspiration, Prophets of Islam, Qur'anic Phrases, Reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. simply beautiful..!!!. I really am so glad to have found this blog. May Allah put even more barakah in your knowledge and sincerity… Ameen

    Comment by theseekerspath | January 20, 2012 | Reply

    • Barakallah Feek. May Allah bless you and accept your du’aa. Aameen.
      I am honoured to find you here 🙂
      Jazakillah Khayr for dropping by, taking time to comment and for your du’aa.

      Comment by MuQeet | January 20, 2012 | Reply

  2. Jazakallah for the wonderful content!

    Comment by bint Muhammad | January 20, 2012 | Reply

  3. Al-Hamdullilah
    Everytime i read your blogs i find so much comfort as well as conviction in Al-Islam. May Allah(saw) continue to bless you with this tool to give so many people strentgh and inspiration.

    Comment by Bilal Abubakr | January 21, 2012 | Reply

    • Bint Muhammad: Wa iyyaaki, dear sister.
      Bilal: Aameen to your du’aa.
      All I could say is: هذا من فضل ربّي
      Please do share the contents with your friends and relatives.
      Jazakallah Khayr, dear brother.

      Comment by MuQeet | January 21, 2012 | Reply

  4. ‘I like not things that vanish’. All vanishes except Allaah and everything concerning Him. Therefore i like not everything else except Allaah and everything concerning Allaah. What a new pledge to begin my day with. How irrelevant is much of what engages us. Thank you for this post. Very lovely. May Allaah reward you amin.

    Comment by A'eesha BL | January 21, 2012 | Reply

    • Jazakillah Khayr and Barakallah Feek.
      May Allah reward you as well and accept your du’aa. Aameen.

      Comment by MuQeet | January 21, 2012 | Reply

  5. a great post indeed,,,!!! jazakallah..

    Comment by Ishma | January 24, 2012 | Reply

  6. Mashallah, it is very nice….
    beautiful, it touched me……………

    Comment by Haroon Rasheed | January 25, 2012 | Reply

    • Alhamdulillah and Jazakallah Khayr, brother.

      Comment by MuQeet | January 25, 2012 | Reply

  7. I am searching a sur-e-baqra ? Please give me 3gb arabi to urdu transalate

    Comment by Abdul malik | February 8, 2012 | Reply

  8. Great article JazakAllah Khair. It’s true that everything is temporary, and it will not last. We should always try to remember this, our transitory things in this life should all be for the Akhira. And even when we are going through a rough time InshAllah, its only temp. Alhamdulilah.

    Comment by Sister Muslimah | March 12, 2012 | Reply

    • wa iyyaaki, dear sister. Thanks for dropping by and commenting. Hope you’ll visit again…Inshaa’Allah/

      Comment by MuQeet | March 12, 2012 | Reply

  9. aaww,
    good work,this is thought provoking concise and loaded. May Allah reward you,amin

    Comment by Dr Muhammed-Isa Abdul-Mujeeb | October 18, 2012 | Reply

    • wa alaikumus salam.
      Thank you so much for your appreciation. Jazakallahu Khayra.

      Comment by MuQeet | October 18, 2012 | Reply

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  11. Ameen for dua
    Very thoughtful article. Need deep understanding to get the real lesson.
    Jazak Allah khair sir!

    Comment by Humaira Sair | July 25, 2020 | Reply

    • Glad to see your comment here, sister. Jazakillaahu khayra for taking time to comment. Thanks and Baarakallaahu Feek.

      Comment by MuQeet | July 25, 2020 | Reply

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