The Believer’s Day—striving to attain both the lawful in the Dunyah and the everlasting reward in the Aakhirah-Imaam Sadi
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Imaam Sadi (rahimahullaah) stated:
The sensible one is in a position to have as provision the Baaqeyaat As-Saalihaat (i.e. the good righteous deeds that last and are better in the sight of Allah for reward and better in respect of hope in the aakhirah) together with his share in the worldly life with ease, and by seeking (Allaah’s) help in going out in the morning, midday and something of the night time.
This is the foundation upon which he basis his worldly affairs and the means (to them). And even if such (affairs) came to him late at night, he would pray and seek aid from his Lord and asks for that which brings about goodness in (both) his religious and Worldly affairs, even with regards to some easy affair.
He begins his day with good; recitation of the Qur’aan and acts of worship to which one devotes (him/herself) in the morning. He/she performs the five daily (obligatory) prayers in their earliest times and that which Allah makes easy for him/her to perform of good actions, such as prayer, recitation of the Qur’aan, remembrance of Allah, acquiring knowledge and other than that. He/she engages his tongue in the Remembrance of Allah and in seeking forgiveness.
He pursues the means, by which the worldly gains are reached, such as trade, production of goods, farming and it’s like, with gentleness and beautiful seeking, whilst seeking the aid of his Lord in that. He suffices himself with the permissible means and with that which Allah has made lawful, and turns away form that which He (subhaanah) has made unlawful. The intent behind this is to fulfil the individual obligations and to be (upon) self-sufficiency, and having little or no need of the creation. If he were to do this or something closer to it, the result will be goodness and he will gain an abundant reward.
And he does not forget his share in the worldly life and nothing of its pleasures escapes him. It may be that Allah blesses him with contentment and that is the true richness by which a good life is attained. And Allah (Subhaanah) is the Bestower of every means to success.
Source: Noorul Basaa-ir Wal Albaab Fee Ahkaam Al Ibaadaat, Wal Mu-aamalaat, Wal Huqooq, Wal Aadaab of Imam Abdur Rahmaan As-Sadi. Page: 65