All praise is due to Allāh, the Lord of all that exists. We ask Allāh (عَزَّوَجَلَّ) to exalt the mention and grant peace to our Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
The Nabī (Prophet) died, His companions died, the Tabi’een (those who met the Saḥabas) died, the Atba’ut Tabi’een (those who met the Tabi’een) died, our grandfathers died, our fathers died, and as they died we all shall die!
As a poet once said,
ان الحياة قليلة لذاتها
والموت فيها هادم اللذات
“Verily, life’s pleasures are short
And death is in it, the destroyer of pleasures.”
The Prophet ﷺ said:
“Frequently remember death, the destroyer of pleasures.”
Verily death is something that will occur to each and every one of us.
Allāh (عَزَّوَجَلَّ) says in Ali – Imran in ayat 185:
كُلُّ نَفْسٍ ذَآئِقَةُ ٱلْمَوْتِۗ وَإِنَّمَا تُوَفَّوْنَ أُجُورَكُمْ يَوْمَ ٱلْقِيَٰمَةِۖ فَمَن زُحْزِحَ عَنِ ٱلنَّارِ وَأُدْخِلَ ٱلْجَنَّةَ فَقَدْ فَازَۗ وَمَا ٱلْحَيَوٰةُ ٱلدُّنْيَآ إِلَّا مَتَٰعُ ٱلْغُرُورِ
“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”.
Age is nothing, but a number. We don’t know when we are going to leave this world. We generally live for tomorrow instead of living for today. This is because we are always worried about “What if I die tomorrow?” What if were to change this thought to “What if I die today?”
Every single one of us has a time limit, and death will not come to us one second before or one second after the written time, and there will be no delay. This time when it goes, it will never come back. I advise you to take yourself to account before you are taken into account.
SubhanAllāh, I remember my teacher (Allāh (عَزَّوَجَلَّ) bless him) saying to us, ” Don’t see the clock moving forward, but see the clock counting down. None knows for which one of us will it finish first!” We all think we have a lot of time, and we have this idea at the back of our minds as if someone is going to warn us before death comes and we will actually hear, “You just have 20 minutes to live or 10 minutes to live.” Whereas the reality of the matter is that as Allāh (عَزَّوَجَلَّ) said, “يأتيكم بغته” It will come unexpectedly. Nobody knows that except Him. None knows what they will earn tomorrow, where they will die and when they will die.
Wake up! Return back from your misguidance, repent! You will leave this abode for a better abode wherein you will get all that your heart desires, company of the Prophets, the truthful, the martyrs, and the righteous. And like one of the scholar has mentioned, “Between a man is leaving his fast paced Dunya to a blazing fire, to a painful punishment, towards humiliation and corruption, towards shamefulness and this life of ours is a life that will end; It is a barren life – a small life!” You will not come to this world again once you go away. Allāh (عَزَّوَجَلَّ) says,
حَتَّىٰٓ إِذَا جَآءَ أَحَدَهُمُ ٱلْمَوْتُ قَالَ رَبِّ ٱرْجِعُونِ
لَعَلِّىٓ أَعْمَلُ صَٰلِحًا فِيمَا تَرَكْتُ ۚ كَلَّآ ۚ إِنَّهَا كَلِمَةٌ هُوَ قَآئِلُهَا ۖ وَمِن وَرَآئِهِم بَرْزَخٌ إِلَىٰ يَوْمِ يُبْعَثُونَ
“[For such is the state of the disbelievers], until, when death comes to one of them, he says, “My Lord, send me back
That I might do righteousness in that which I left behind.” No! It is only a word he is saying; and behind them is a barrier until the Day they are resurrected”
(Surah Al-Mu’minoon 99-100)
Death is like a sword that has been left hanging on top of your out-stretched necks. And the Angel of Death is just waiting for that command from Allāh (عَزَّوَجَلَّ) and it will take your soul! Remember you will have to stand before Allāh (عَزَّوَجَلَّ) and you can’t return back to this world. No matter how much wealth a slave gathers, how many children he has, how many people he spent his life pleasing, he will leave all of it, none will go with him to the grave not even his rank will accompany him to the grave, only his actions will accompany him. Life cannot be good if it is filled with haram pleasures with no worry for the Akhira. Strive for the life of bliss where there is no death.
Indeed death has ruined the bliss of the people of bliss (in the dunya), so search for a bliss which has no death. Death is inevitable and certain. This life is insignificant. You are not even guaranteed to finish reading this article, even, but you are guaranteed to die! We should reflect upon our lives and remember one day you will be six feet under and people will bury you and leave. The last voice you will hear will be the footsteps of the people leaving you alone. And then the angels will come and start the questioning. Many of the people spend 60.70.80 years chasing after money, chasing this dunya when the reality of the matter is that one day you will be six feet under.
Ibn Umar (رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ) said,
“ O you who inquire about the dead
Is there no lesson from the dead for you?”
We should make the best our time, as remember:
“If the evening comes, don’t wait for the morning
If the morning comes, don’t wait for the evening.
Benefit from your health while you have it before you become sick. Benefit from your life in this world, before death comes to you.”
We should remember death frequently. However, that doesn’t mean that we abandon the life of the world and become heretics. The Prophet ﷺ said: “There is a time for this and a time for that.” (Muslim) Hence we should all prioritize.
Secondly, we should repent from Allāh (عَزَّوَجَلَّ) and not wait for tomorrow because tomorrow is not guaranteed for any of us. Make the best of each and every day. Always be prepared that death can come anytime.
Remember, that our finale is in the end. A good end will come for those who have led a good life which has been to please our Creator. It has been observed that one’s death is a reflection of one’s life and the deeds during the lifetime. Very rarely do we witness one who has led a sinful life to have a good end, one with a kalimah on the tongue. Yet, when we fear Allah (عَزَّوَجَلَّ) and continue to ask for a good death, nothing is difficult for Him. We should ask Allāh (عَزَّوَجَلَّ) to grant us a good ending and to make us from amongst those whose last words are “لا اله الا اللّٰه.”
It is narrated by Mu`adh bin Jabal (RadiAllahu Anhu): The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said
“He whose last words are: `La ilaha illallah’ (There is no true god except Allah) will enter Jannah.”
What this basically implies is one who has uttered the words of the kalimah on his death bed but also has lived by them in his lifetime.
May Allāh (عَزَّوَجَلَّ) allow us all to die upon Imaan (faith). May Allāh (عَزَّوَجَلَّ) grant us all the highest level of Jannah tul Firdous with the companionship of our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and allow us to take heed and start preparing for our death. (Aameen)