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Death – the ultimate! 

So I just finished reading a book titled, “Tears of the yearners for the meeting with God.” It was not my copy. I borrowed it from a dear sister. The book was….No! this is not a review of the book. I just thought to share some of my reflections from the book. 

From the day we are born, the only thing that is certain is death. No one can say with certainty whether we will be rich or poor, doctors or cleaners,  sick or healthy, successful or we will fail or even when we will die. How often do we think about death?

كُلُّ نَفْسٍ ذَائِقَةُ الْمَوْتِ ۗ وَإِنَّمَا تُوَفَّوْنَ أُجُورَكُمْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ ۖ فَمَنْ زُحْزِحَ عَنِ النَّارِ وَأُدْخِلَ الْجَنَّةَ فَقَدْ فَازَ ۗ وَمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا مَتَاعُ الْغُرُورِ

Every soul will taste death, and you will only be given your [full] compensation on the Day of Resurrection. So he who is drawn away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise has attained [his desire]. And what is the life of this world except the enjoyment of delusion. [Surat Aal-E-Imran 185]

We make plans for work, business, family, vacations, staycations and retirement but we somehow forget to plan for when we meet our Lord, a feat which can only be achieved after death. So, It is not too morbid to think about death. It will make us more aware…more accountable for our time, our actions and our lives. Allah mentions a lot in the Qur’an that this world is fleeting, but we make it our goal and primary focus or we let it distract us from our forever.

The Prophet (SAW) said, Be in this world as a stranger. [Buhari]

One of the predecessors saw the Prophet (SAW) in his dream and said to him, “Give me counsel.” He said to him, “Whoever’s two days are the same is defrauded. Whoever’s today is worse than his yesterday is damned. Whoever has not pursued increase in his work is in decrease. And whoever is in decrease, death is better for him.”

This is a call to compete with yourself. Not with others to see who has more likes or followers or wealth. Our thoughts should be more in the line of, “What can I do better today than yesterday? How much more can I give to charity today? What did I do yesterday that I should not do today or ever? How can I do more dhikr?”

Death is a point of regret for anyone. A believer will regret because he would not be able to fast some more, or give more charity or do more good or pray some more. A sinner will regret because he is out of time.

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ تَبَارَكَ الَّذِي بِيَدِهِ الْمُلْكُ وَهُوَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

الَّذِي خَلَقَ الْمَوْتَ وَالْحَيَاةَ لِيَبْلُوَكُمْ أَيُّكُمْ أَحْسَنُ عَمَلًا ۚ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْغَفُورُ

Blessed is He in whose hand is dominion, and He is over all things competent – [He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed –  and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving. [Surat Al-Mulk 1-2]

Life is a gift. One we should use solely for the preparation of our hereafter.

يَا أَيُّهَا الْإِنْسَانُ إِنَّكَ كَادِحٌ إِلَىٰ رَبِّكَ كَدْحًا فَمُلَاقِيهِ

O mankind, indeed you are labouring toward your Lord with [great] exertion and will meet it.

[Surat Al-Inshiqaq 6]

May Allah make us among those are pleased with their striving on the day of Judgement. Amin.

Until Next time,

Nana

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19 thoughts on “Death – the ultimate! ”

  1. Exactly what I needed to hear! Its amazing how a post can give you so much relief and advice! Everything you said is so true…in this world full of competitions with each other, we forget that the real competition should be within ourselves…instead of getting jealous of others…may Allah guide us to the straight path!! Thank you so much sister!!

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  2. Life is a gift. One we should use solely for the preparation of our hereafter…..if everyone thinks and follows this….world will be beautiful place to live in…..loved reading through the post….

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  3. This is a very important article and made me think a lot. I do believe we should be thinking about death quite often as it makes us think about our actions and encourages us to be better people. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this subject. #MuslimahBloggers

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  4. While we’re told to race to good deeds, it’s also an apt observation that we are only in competition with ourselves. Accountable for our own deeds on the Day of Resurrection we have no one to blame but ourselves – not even Shaytan. Thank you for the timely reminder to strive to better myself and not pay too much attention to what other’s are doing.

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  5. I’ve recently had a death in my family and it has actually shattered me! Never until this time did I feel such a way, maybe because I’m a grown up now and realise what it feels to know about the loss of a loved one but nevertheless, death has to come to all of us and is determined to happen

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  6. Ameen

    I don’t think death is thought about enough….although we know it’s going to happen some of us live like we have all the time in the world and don’t remember the end goal.

    But I think once you have experienced it it does make you thing. I lost my brother in my early teens and its made me more aware.

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  7. SubhanAllah! My mother in law and I were just having this conversation about death over the phone today! We were talking about how we don’t even think about death, yet it’s a reality and we will leave this world one day and enter into the next- but, have we really prepared for the afterlife? Great post sis, JazakAllah khayr for these important reminders ❤

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