Once  a man saw in his dream that a lion was chasing him.

The man climbed up a tree and sat on a branch. He looked down and saw that the lion was still there waiting for him. The man then looked to his side and saw  that two woodpeckers were pecking the branch upon which he was sitting. One woodpecker was black and the other one was white. The man realized that the branch would very soon break and fall on the ground .

The man then looked below and discovered that a big black python had come and settled directly under him. The python opened its mouth right under the man so that he will fall into it. Can you imagine how scared this man was ? There seemed no escape for him .

The man then looked up to see if there was anything that he could hold on to when the branch broke. He saw another branch with a honeycomb. Drops of honey were falling from it.

The man wanted to taste one of the drops. He put his tongue out and tasted one of the falling drops of honey. The honey was delicious. He wanted to taste another drop and another and eventually he got lost in the sweetness of the honey.

Meanwhile, he forgot about the two woodpeckers eating his branch away, the lion on the ground and the python that was sitting right under him. After a while, he woke up from his sleep.

To get the meaning behind this dream, the man went to a  pious scholar . The  scholar interpreted his dream. He said the lion you saw is your death. It always chases you and goes wherever you go.

The two woodpeckers, one black and one white, are the night and the day. They  eat your time as they take you closer to death.

The big black python with the open mouth is your grave. It’s there, just waiting to receive you .

The honeycomb is this world and the sweet honey is the luxuries of this world. We like to taste a drop of the luxuries of this world . Then we taste another drop and yet another. Meanwhile, we get lost in the luxuries of this world and we forget about our time, we forget about our death and we forget about our graves.

This life is very short and full of material things that can get in the way of our submission to the Almighty . It’s not wrong to have these material possessions as long as we remember our obligations to the Almighty  and thank Him for his favours. We shouldn’t get so preoccupied with this temporary worldly abode and forget the Hereafter which is eternal and everlasting.

The Holy Prophet (SAW) has said that the wisest man is he who remembers death the most.


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