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    Living to Die or Dying to Live!

    Assalaamu ‘alaikum waraHmatullaah,

    The following article was taken from the Al-Istiqaamah newsletter (Issue No.1 Dhul-Hijjah 1416/May 1996).

    The article is masha’Allaah very well compiled and addresses an extremely important issue that we so often over look and neglect by taking life for granted. May Allah reward the author(s) and may he enable us all to learn from the valuable advice within it. Ameen.

    Living to Die or Dying to Live!

    "Death is a harsh and fearful reality faced by everyone who lives. No one has the power to avoid it, nor does anyone around a dying person have the ability to prevent it. It is something that happens every moment and is something encountered by the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the strong and the weak. They are all the same in that they have no plan, nor any means of escaping it, nor to delay it." [1] Allaah – the Most High – says:

    "Say: Indeed, the death from which you flee will surely meet you, then you will be sent back to Allaah, the All-Knower of the unseen and the seen. And He will then tell you what you used to do."
    [Soorah al-Jumu’ah 62:8]

    "Every soul shall taste death. And We shall make a trial of you with evil and with good, and to Us will you be returned."[Soorah al-Anbiyaa 21:34-35]

    Indeed it is death: "which causes fear in the souls, and with it one’s actions are sealed, and what comes after it even more fearful and fear-inducing. For is there a place one can flee to in order to escape from the constrictions suffered in the grave? What will our reply be when we are questioned in the grave? Indeed, not a single one of us knows where we will end up. Will it be Paradise whose width is like the heavens and the earth, or shall it be the Fire whose fuel is of men and stones?" [2]

    Ibraheem ibn Adhan (d.160H) – rahimahullaah – said, when he was asked about the verse: "Call upon Me and I will respond to you." [Soorah Ghaafir 40:60] They said: We call upon Allaah, but He does not respond to us. So he said:

    "You know Allaah; yet you do not obey Him. You recite the Qur’aan; yet you do not act according to it. You know Shaytaan; yet you continue agreeing with him. You claim to love Allaah’s Messenger ‘alayhis-salaam; yet you abandon his Sunnah (guidance and way). You claim to love Paradise; yet you do not work for it. You claim to fear the Fire; yet you do not stop sinning. You say: Indeed death is true; yet you are not prepared for it. You busy yourself with faults of others; yet you do not look at your own faults. You eat the sustenance that Allaah provides for you; yet you are not grateful to Him. And you bury the dead; yet you have not heeded its lesson." [3]

    So this – O noble reader – is the reality which must be firmly established in one’s heart; the reality that life is this world is limited and has an appointed end, and that this end will surely come …

    "The righteous will die;
    And the wicked will die.
    The warriors who fight jihaad will die;
    And those who sit at home will die.
    Those who busy themselves with correct beliefs will die;
    And those who treat people as their slaves will die.
    The brave who reject injustice will die;
    And the cowards who seek to cling to the vile of this life will die.
    The people of lofty-goals and ambitions will die;
    And the wretched who live for cheap enjoyment will die." [4]

    "Every soul shall taste death." [Aal-Imraan 3:185]

    "So keep in mind the point of death, and one’s passing on to the next life, 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 like to do at the time – then bring forward and do it today. And think of all those things which you would desire to clear yourself of – then clear yourself from them now." [5]

    --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
    1. Al-Mawt (p.9) of Shaykh ‘Alee Hasan al-Halabee.
    2. As-Salaat wa Atharahu fee Ziyaadatil-Eemaan (p.10) of Shaykh Husayn al-Awaaishah.
    3. Al-Haafidh Ibn Rajab related it in al-Khushoo’ fis-Salaah (p.62)
    4. Al-Mawt (p.10)
    5. Al-Mawt (p.16)

    [This message has been edited by Hasnain (edited July 01, 1999).]


    I just thought i'd recall this topic as a reminder for us all, particularly in the light of recent events, with the unexpected death of John F. Kennedy Jr. Who could have guessed this event would take place and so soon?

    It is always sad when someone dies, especially if he does not die upon eemaan.

    ... and may Allaah increase our eemaan and not let us die in its weak state.



      A reminder for us all.



        Nice Thanx you.

        • “na maiN momin vich masiitaaN, na maiN muusaa, na fir'aun!”
        Ain't new ta this....HOMEINVASION('93)


          Hasnain.., I only read this after reading your post titled United Colours of Islaam.This was very good too! Keep it coming.
          Was saalaam

          [This message has been edited by Mr laparwa (edited November 18, 2001).]


            Volume 8, Book 76, Number 496:
            Narrated Abu Huraira:

            The Prophet said, "The truest poetic verse ever said by a poet, is: Indeed! Everything except Allah, is perishable."

            May Allah reward you with good.


              Thanks for sharing! *smile*

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