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    Hi all! My name is Jonathan.

    I was wondering if any of you wonderful folks on here would be willing to help me with a project I'm working on.

    I'm in the middle of working on a book. It is part autobiography and part motivational handbook. As part of the book, I express a view that the majority of the world's religions share at least one thing in common, and that is the view that life is short--that humans are temporary.

    I'm looking for a verse in the Qur'an that supports this view. Let me give you an example of what I already have.

    For Judaism I'm using a verse from the book of Psalms:

    Show me, O LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreath; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath. Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: He bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it. - Psalm 39:4-6

    For Christianity I'm using a verse from the book of James:



    And here is the current verse I'm using from the Qur'an.



    The thing is that I'm not real happy with this verse. It's very very close, but not exactly what I'm looking for. What I'm looking for is a verse who's FOCUS is the shortness of life. If you take a look at the verses from Psalms and James you'll see what I'm going for. I'm looking for a Carpe Diem message. Seize the day. Live your life as is today was the last day of your life, because there is a chance that it very well might be. Your life is short and humanity is a vapor, so take care of what's important. Quit chasing material wealth and love people. Make a difference and get out of your ruts.

    Is this the best verse to use, or is there a better one?

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    “Know that the life of this world is only play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting among you, and rivalry in respect of wealth and children, as the likeness of vegetation after rain, thereof the growth is pleasing to the tiller; afterwards it dries up and you see it turning yellow; then it becomes straw. ..." (57:20)

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      Re: I have a question about the Muslim scriptures.

      Allah extends provision for whom He wills and restricts [it]. And they rejoice in the worldly life, while the worldly life is not, compared to the Hereafter, except [brief] enjoyment.
      [13:26]

      O you who have believed, what is [the matter] with you that, when you are told to go forth in the cause of Allah , you adhere heavily to the earth? Are you satisfied with the life of this world rather than the Hereafter? But what is the enjoyment of worldly life compared to the Hereafter except a [very] little.
      [9:38]
      Secure few moments, everyday, to reflect upon the innumerable blessings of Allah and thank Him for bestowing them upon you.

      "A person who is blessed with the ability to be grateful, shall never be deprived of barakah and increase in blessings."
      - Rasulullah (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم)‎

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        Re: I have a question about the Muslim scriptures.

        Originally posted by cho09082489 View Post
        “Know that the life of this world is only play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting among you, and rivalry in respect of wealth and children, as the likeness of vegetation after rain, thereof the growth is pleasing to the tiller; afterwards it dries up and you see it turning yellow; then it becomes straw. ..." (57:20)
        That's perfect!! Thank you SO much!!

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