Chapter: (The Statement of Allah Ta’ala): “And Verily, Ilyas was one of the Messengers…”
Allah says in the Quran:
“And verily, Ilyas (Elias) was one of the Messengers. When he said to his people: ‘Will you not fear Allah? Will you call upon Ba’l (a well-known idol of his nation whom they used to worship) and forsake the Best of creators, Allah, your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers?’ But they denied him [Ilyas (Elias)], so they will certainly be brought forth (to the punishment), except the chosen slaves of Allah. And We left for him (a goodly remembrance) among generations (to come) in later times; Salamun (peace) be upon Ilyasin! Verily, thus do We reward the Muhsinun (good-doers, who perform good deeds totally for Allah’s sake only). Verily, he was one of Our believing slaves.”
One day, the Prophet (peace be upon him) was speaking to his companions when the sun, almost setting, touched the crests of the hill and he said, 'Relative to what has passed, there is as little time left in the world as there is in this day.' [Tirmidhi]
Let the person of intelligence seeking counsel for himself reflect upon this hadith. Let him know what can befall him in the time that remains for the world. Let him know that he is living with illusions and 'confused dreams', and that he may be selling everlasting happiness and everlasting grace for a paltry price. But if he seeks God and the abode of the next world, he will be given his full measure and much more. As the saying goes, 'Child of Adam, sell this world for the next and you will profit from them both. But do not sell the next world for this one, or you will lose them both.'
"The Invocation of God" - Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, p. 19