Those Oblivious of The True Meaning of Life- by Imaam Ibnul Jawzi [rahimahullaah]
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Imaam Ibnul Jawzee [rahimahullaah] said:
Indeed, I have witnessed [the affair] of many people- those who are unaware of the [real] meaning of life. Amongst them is one who has no need of seeking after a living due to his abundant wealth, but he sits in the market most of the day staring at the people, and how many offensive [things] and evil deeds go past him! Amongst them is one devoted to playing chess, others pass time by talking about the rulers and others talk about the high and low prices of [goods and services]. So I knew that Allaah [The Most High] has not given everyone the blessing to realise the nobility of [one’s] life span and acquaintance with the value of [one’s] period of well-being, except to the one whom it is bestowed and blessed with the zeal to profit from that.
[Source: Saydul Khaatir: page:241. Abridged & paraphrased]