بِسْم الله الرحمن الرحيم
“Nothing can be done, except little by little” – Charles Baudelaire.
This life is a journey that we all need to traverse in order to reach our ultimate destination; death, practically, as that is the end of all actions for us.
Yet, the Prophet ﷺ cautioned against exerting one’s self in this journey. He likened it to a horse who has a set amount of distance to traverse. If the rider attempts to finish the journey considerably faster, he will end up breaking his horse and be stranded. This characteristic is called josh in Urdu and means extreme enthusiasm. The Qur’an also cautions us against such extremes and asks us to take the “middle path” (Qur’an, 2:143).