SubhanAllah, yesterday was the janaazah of a sister who drowned Friday around here. The body was not found until Sunday. SubhanAllah, I can’t even imagine what the family was going through. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon. To Allah we belong and to Him we return.
Do we live by that statement? Do we realize that one day, one day in the very near future, we’re going back to Allah? We’re going to die. Be surrounded by dirt. Worms. Bugs. In a grave. That we will leave everything behind. Our family. Our friends. All our worldly possessions.
Can you imagine yourself being washed for your janaazah? Do you see the people praying for you? Are all your friends going to be there? Your family? How many people are going to be making sincere du’aa for you? (Ali ra has a saying in which he mentions one sign of a true friend is that he prays your janaazah.) How is that journey to your grave going to be? Being put in your grave? Having the first shovelful of dirt hit your face?
Will we be peaceful in our graves or in immense torture and pain? Is that going to be an easy journey? Will our graves be spacious or constricted? On the DOJ – what will our state be like? Will we be able to look at our deeds? Will we deserve the mercy of Allah? Will we be able to cross the sirat? Step foot into Jannah?
Does any of this bring shivers to you? Scare you? Make you re-evaluate your priorities? I speak for myself first – it’s so easy to get caught up in all the workings of the dunya – even if they’re deen related. But, are we keeping the bigger picture in our view?
Every soul shall taste death… it should be a reminder for us. Whether it is a tragedy that happens in our city, or all the people who’ve been perishing around the world… every soul shall taste death. It will happen to you and me too. One day you will be covered in that infamous shroud and carried to a hole in the ground.
So what? What matters the most is how live… and thus how we die because our death will be a reflection of how we lived our life. A good life, a life in the remembrance of Allah is what will make the death journey a tad bit easier. We can avoid it all we want – procrastinate and say don’t worry – I’ll change when I’m 40 or 50. But how do you know you’ll have until then? That girl was 21. She went to my high school. I didn’t know her but I saw plenty of people at the janaazah whom I hadn’t seen since they graduated. It reminded me – if you avoid the mosque and don’t come to it, one day you will be brought to it. Might as well come according to your will, no?
So this girl was in her ‘prime’ – definitely not at the age people would think one should die. But see – here’s the thing – we die at the will of Allah – not when *we* decide. Allah didn’t guarantee we would live 80 years. He just said if we’re living, we will die. So if that’s the only thing we know will happen for certain – do we live differently?
All those things we put off to do later – why not do them today? Right now? What’s holding us back? Treating our families and friends well – what if you never see them again? Wouldn’t our lives be totally different – maybe a 180 degrees difference – if we lived every second thinking of death?
Take this with you inshaAllah… your death. Keep it as a reminder, something you live by. You will taste it, experience it, live it one day. Live your life accordingly so it isn’t torture – so it leads to eternal bliss – Paradise, inshaAllah.