The Reality of Death

“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.” (Aal-Imran, 3:185)

Four things have been mentioned in this ayah:

  1. That everyone has to die
  2. Every action will be rewarded or punished.
  3. The person who is successful is the one who enters Jannah and is taken away from hell fire
  4. And this world is mere delusion.

Death is a creation of Allah, like how He created Life, to test who does good deeds.

About this Allah says in the Qur’an:

“[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed – and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving,” (Surah Mulk, 67:2)

No one has ever denied the fact that death will come, no religion denies this truth. It is acknowledged by all, no matter religion, age, gender, or status.

We can die at any time, at any age, and at any place and only Allah knows about it,  it has been decided by Him. We can only hope that we live for the next minute, and that our deeds are accepted.

Allah says:

“Indeed, Allah [alone] has knowledge of the Hour and sends down the rain and knows what is in the wombs. And no soul perceives what it will earn tomorrow, and no soul perceives in what land it will die. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” (Luqman 31:34)

The first stage after death is the grave, where every man must answer three questions; who is your Lord? What is your religion? And Who was the man sent to you as a prophet? Whoever passes these will be successful and who doesn’t will be among the losers.

Hani, the freed slave of Uthman, reported: Uthman would stop by a grave and he would weep until his beard was wet. It was said, “You remember Paradise and Hellfire but you do not weep, yet you weep because of this?” Uthman said: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, the grave is the first stage of the Hereafter, so whoever is saved from it, then whatever comes afterwards will be easier for him, but if he is not saved from it, then whatever comes afterward will be harder for him.” And the Messenger of Allah said, “I have never seen any sight except that the grave is more frightening than it.” Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 2308

Death will only  be terrifying to those who had not prepared for the eternal life after it as they will know what is to come after it, as Allah says in the Quran :

“Indeed, those who have said, “Our Lord is Allah ” and then remained on a right course – the angels will descend upon them, [saying], “Do not fear and do not grieve but receive good tidings of Paradise, which you were promised.” (Fussilat 41:30)

And opposite will be the matter of the wrongdoers:

“And if you could but see when the wrongdoers are in the overwhelming pangs of death while the angels extend their hands, [saying], “Discharge your souls! Today you will be awarded the punishment of [extreme] humiliation for what you used to say against Allah other than the truth and [that] you were, toward His verses, being arrogant.” (Al-An’aam 6:93)

The only people who are smart are those who work for the life after which is forever, remembering every minute that death is real.  We can never be sure of whether all the things that we aspire to do in life are guaranteed, but death is guaranteed and we need to work hard before the time is over. One of the signs of the hour is that people will die suddenly, no one knowing the cause; it is apparent that people die of sudden death in our times, few make it to their ‘deathbed’. We never know when we will die, so always do good.  Let us strive to be among those to whom Jannah is promised before our time comes to a stop and there nothing left except lamenting and crying as to what we have done.

May Allah make us among those who utilize our time to the fullest, remembering death, and making every precious moment working towards Jannah.

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