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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Let Death be your Slogan

Suppose that you were told tonight that tomorrow is your last day on this Earth, what would you do?
Do you think that you won’t change your regular routine to one which is more Islamic, in other words, is your routine Islamic enough?
Do you think you will be content with what you had been able to do in this life and that you would not ask for some more time?
Death is something that all of us know that we will experience as Allah (swt) mentions in the Quran in Surah Al-e-Imran, Chapter 3, Verse 185:

“Every soul shall have the taste of death.”
Moreover, none of us knows when we will die. None of us knows whether we’ll be alive tomorrow or not. Do we live our life as if today is our last day?
We could die due to a car accident, a sudden cardiac arrest (heart attack) or even without any reason as we observe our fellow beings leaving this world one after another but do we think for a split second that we could be next? Have we prepared enough for the Hereafter?
Do we not fear the Day of Judgement, the day when the entire humankind will be brought in front of their Lord, or the day when you will be shrouded in a white cloth and left alone in a dark grave? Are we sure that we will pass the test of the grave even though we claim that we know the answers as well as the questions that will be asked?
We know that this world should be like a cage for the believer and a paradise for the disbeliever but is it really like a cage for us? Are we eager to meet Allah (swt) or do we think and hope that we can somehow ignore and avoid him altogether?
Do we miss our prayers and in the meanwhile sit on watching movies etc., disobey the commands of Allah (swt) and then still hope for our salvation?
Verily, we know that a true Muslim is not afraid of death and the fear of death is one of the important qualities of a disbeliever as Allah (swt) frequently addresses the Jews and Christians in the Quran, who claimed that they were on the right path, and tells them to wish for death to prove their truthfulness.
“Tell them, "If your claim is true that the home with God in the everlasting life hereafter is for you alone, you should have a longing for death". But they can never have a longing for death because of what they have done. God knows the unjust well. However, you will find them the greediest of all men, even more than the pagans, for life. They would each gladly live for a thousand years, but such a long life would not save them from the torment. God sees what they do.” (The Holy Quran; 2:94-96)

Would we do the same if we were given this challenge?
Will we be of those who take heed?

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