By brooding over the past and its tragedies, one
exhibits a form of insanity - a kind of sickness that destroys resolve to live
for the present moment. Those who have a firm purpose have filed away and forgotten
occurrences of the past, which will never again see light, since they occupy
such a dark place in the recesses of the mind.
Episodes of the past are finished with; sadness cannot
retrieve them, melancholy cannot make things right, and depression will never bring
the past back to life. This is because the past is non-existent.
Do not live in the nightmares of former times or under
the shade of what you have missed. Save yourself from the ghostly apparition of
the past. Do you think that you can return the sun to its place of rising, the
baby to its mother's womb, milk to the udder, or tears to the eye? By
constantly dwelling on the past and its happenings, you place yourself in a
very frightful and tragic state of mind.
Reading too much into the past is a waste of the
present. When Allah mentioned the affairs of the previous nations, He, the
(That was a nation who has passed away.) (Qur'an 2:
Former days are gone and done with, and you benefit
nothing by carrying out an autopsy over them, by turning back the wheels of history.
The person who lives in the past is like someone who
tries to saw sawdust. Of old, they used to say: "Do not remove the dead
from their graves."
Our tragedy is that we are incapable of dealing with
the present: neglecting our beautiful castles, we wail over dilapidated
buildings. lf every man and every jinn were to try jointly to bring back the
past, they would most certainly fail. Everything on earth marches forward, preparing
for a new season - and so should you.