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Three friends visited New York. They stayed in a hotel. Their room ended up being on the 60th floor. The policy of the hotel was that at midnight the elevators were shut down. The next day, the friends rented a car and explored the city.

They enjoyed themselves and arrived at the hotel past midnight. The elevators were shut down. There was no other way to get to their room but to take the stairs all the way to the 60th floor.


One friend said: ‘For the first 20 floors, I will tell jokes to keep us going. Then another could say wise stories for the next 20 floors. Then, we will cover the final 20 floors with sad stories.’ So, he started with jokes. With laughs and joy, they reached the 20th floor. Another friend started saying stories full of wisdom. They learned a lot while reaching the 40th floor.


Now it was time for sad stories. So, the third friend started: ‘My first sad story is that I left the key for the room in the car.’


This story resembles our life cycle. For the first 20 years, we spend time in joking and enjoying whatever is out there. Then, at 20, we go into the work force, get married, have kids and this is the time when we use our wisdom. Then, if we reach 40, we see the white hairs and begin to realise that life is coming to an end and I need to prepare for the Hereafter.


Sadly, many have left the keys behind. It's better that we start life in the very beginning by remembering death rather than preparing for it at the end our life when very few of us have the energy to obey Allah completely and adequately. We will wish to do so but the body won’t cope.

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