Death is a harsh and fearful reality faced by everyone who lives

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October 1, 2017

Death is a harsh and fearful reality faced by everyone who lives

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Death is a harsh and fearful reality faced by everyone who lives. No one has the
power to avoid it, nor does anyone around the dying person have the ability to
prevent it. It is something which happens every moment and is encountered by the
old and the young, the rich and the poor, the strong and the weak. They are all the
same in that they have no plan or means of escaping it, no power, no means of
intercession, no way to prevent it, nor to delay it, which shows that indeed it comes
from one having tremendous power – so that the human is helpless in this regard
and can only submit to it.

So in Allaah’s Hand alone is the granting of life, and in His Hand is the return of
what He gave at the appointed time, and after the allotted life span, whether the
people are in their houses amongst their families, or striving to seek provision or
striving for ‘aqeedah (correct belief). Reward and recompense are with Him, and He
has full knowledge and power.

So the return of all is to Allaah, and they will be raised up before Allaah, having no
place of return except that, and no destiny but this one. So they will differ from one
another only due to their deeds and intentions, and according to the way they
followed and their seriousness in that. But with regard to their end, then it is one,
death at the appointed time, after the decreed span, and then the return to Allaah
and resurrection on the Day of Gathering of mankind. Then Forgiveness and Mercy
from Allaah, or His Anger and His Punishment.

So the greatest fool is the one who chooses the wretched fate, and he is certain to die
whatever happens:

Every soul will taste death…
Surah 3 Ayah 185 | Qur’an

This reality must be established firmly in one’s heart, the reality that life in this
world is limited and has an appointed end – and this end will definitely come…

Everyone’s soul will taste it and will depart from this life. There will be no difference
between one soul and another in tasting from this cup which passes between them
all, rather the difference is in something else.

The difference is in the place of their destination:

“…And only on the Day of Resurrection shall you be paid your wages in full. So
whoever is removed away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise, he indeed is
successful.” Surah 3 Ayah 185 | Qur’an

This is what is of true worth and is that which will cause the difference between
souls, this is the final resting place which will mean separation of one person from
another, that which is of true and everlasting value, which deserves to be strived for
and that one should exert ones efforts for its attainment, and the other destination is
to be dreaded, and it deserves that one should take account of oneself a thousand
times…

A noble person said:
How many people I have known, if I wished, I could name them, who surrendered
themselves to their desires and became prisoners of their lusts and forgot about
death and their reckoning. So when Allaah, the Mighty and Magnificent guided me
to His obedience, to following His orders, and to fearing Him, then I went to my
friend, advising him, and admonishing him with encouragement and warning, but
he used the excuse that he was still a young man, and he was fooled by false hopes.
Then, by Allaah, death came unexpectedly. So now he is one who lies buried under
the earth, tied to the burden of his sins. His passions have left him, his female
companions have departed from him and now he must face the consequences, now
he has to face the Overpowering Compellor with the actions of the sinful and
depraved…

May Allaah save you and I from a record or an end like his. So fear Allaah, O
Servants of Allaah, and do not be like him, since you know that this world is passing
away and the Hereafter is coming towards us, so keep in mind the point of death
and one’s passing on, and the number of sins that one has committed and the small
amount of good that one has done. Think of the good that you would earnestly wish
to do at that time – then bring that forward and do that today, and think of all those
things which you would desire to clear yourself from, then clear yourself from them
now.

“If it were the case that when we die we would be left untroubled,
Then death would be rest and relaxation for everyone living:
However when we die we shall be raised up again,
And questioned about everything we have done.”

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