Death of a firm believer in Islam
[ January 08, 2016 ]
"To Allah (Almighty God) we belong, and to him is our return." (Holy Qur"an 2:156). Multitudes of men have walked on the surface of this Earth. They all belonged to different nations and cultures. A few of them made history for which they were remembered, whereas others were never to be mentioned again.
Although each one was personally different from another - their habits, thinking and tastes differed - they all had two things in common, first, they were all delivered from their mothers womb (birth) and second, they all tasted death. Almighty Allah blesses us with all his gifts. The Sun gives us light during the day to help us see and it helps our crops grow so that we can eat. But the Sun also teaches us other things. Almighty Allah causes the day to die with its setting and allows the night to take over, which is a time for rest. In this way, He may be showing us that all of us will eventually have to die just like the day. And when the Sun rises in the morning again after our period of rest, it is as if Almighty Allah is telling us that we too will be raised to life after we have died. These are all signs of Almighty Allah to teach us to take care of our life. One thing that we must remember is that death is inevitable, and everything except the Almighty Allah of course, will perish. Signs of death can be seen all around us. At funerals we see people who were once walking among us being buried in their graves. In the fall we see the leaves turn from green to yellow and fall one at a time, and in the winter we see trees, lifeless. In this way, all things in this world will wither away and die.
As attested to by the Holy Qur"an, a person will be in one of two states - either he/She will be of the companions of the right, or the companions of the left (Refer Holy Qur"an 56:7-56). If he/she is counted amongst the companions of the right, he/she will be in a good, final state, but if he is one of the companions of the left, he/she will be of those who have suffered a great loss.
Surely all men die, and just surely Almighty Allah gives them life with his ability, and judges them on their deeds and actions. Hatred towards death and love of the world is the outcome of an ignorant person"s mind, who thinks that the happiness of this world is his prosperity and good fortune. The world beset with numerous troubles and anxieties is about to end in misery and does not enjoy eternity, perpetuity and sincerity. It is of utmost importance that a firm believer of Islam should hold death dear and consider it an opportunity of meeting with Almighty Allah, and not hate it and consider it as evil, but should take lessons from it. He should ask forgiveness from Almighty for his sins and tame the rebellious self (Nafs). When the call of Almighty Allah comes, firm believer of Islam welcomes it with open arms accepting it to be a blessing from Almighty Allah. In fact a believer always remembers death, since his or her main goal is to reach the Almighty Allah. Therefore true believers are those who sincerely devote themselves to the AlmightyAllah, anticipate death since to them it signifies the long-awaited meeting with their creator. As attested to by the Holy Qur"an, a person will be in one of two states - either he/She will be of the companions of the right, or the companions of the left (Refer Holy Qur"an 56:7-56). If he/she is counted amongst the companions of the right, he/she will be in a good, final state, but if he is one of the companions of the left, he/she will be of those who have suffered a great loss.