I remember, when I was a kid, one of my elder cousin had a baby boy. I was really attached to that boy. I remember when I used to come home after school; the first thing id do was to go see the new baby. I loved him dearly, but he was sick and he died before his 1st birthday. A few years ago before his death, my grandma had died. But she was sick for a long time, so I guess I was mentally prepared.. but this child…i could not understand I was angry, very angry with Allah. What did that innocent child do to deserve this? His mother was in shock and so much pain. In fact every one was… such a young death …why? Why him? Why Allah took him from us? Its not fair.. its cruel…
A few years ago, my close uncle, had a very terrible car accident. His car was completely destroyed and the miraculous thing was that he came out unscathed. His friends asked him to give a party as he had been so lucky. On the day of the party, he had another accident and he died on the spot.
The other day, I heard another some what similar story from uncle Najmul Hasan. A construction worker was working on some building. He fell off a very high floor and everybody thought he was dead. But he got up, dusting his clothes! Amazingly he was alive. Everyone rushed to him, congratulating him, how lucky he has been…and in order to celebrate they asked him for a treat. He was crossing the road to get some soft drinks when a car hit him and he died on the spot.
A few days ago, my neighbour’s brother died suddenly. 20 days later their mother died too with grief.
Many people are diagnosed with terminally ill diseases and there is nothing the doctors can do, even with the most advance latest technology.
Death is all around us, yet we do not know what it is and why it is? When it will strike? Strike whom and why?
All the answers are there in front of us, if only we’d bother looking.. Truth IS out there.. BUT you have to look for it…
Allah Subhana Tala Says in the glorious Quran:
[3:185. Everyone shall taste death. And only on the Day of Resurrection shall you be paid your wages in full. And whoever is removed away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise, he indeed is successful. The life of this world is only the enjoyment of deception.]
Thus, this life is nothing but a test. A big exam we have to pass. So what are the tough questions we have to face in this life? How will Allah be testing us? Allah says:
[2:155. And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sâbirin]
So all of us have to face these tough questions and tests of life, weather we like them or not. We can cry and mourn and be angry with Allah, it will do us no good. The only way to pass these tests is by doing Sabr, being patient and not complaining and accepting the will of Allah.
Have you ever been on a waiting list for a flight? You never know when you will get the seat, so you have your stuff all packed and ready and your documents in order.
Similarly, we our self and every one we know in our life has a seat booked on the plane to the grave…and we are all on the waiting list of death…
Wont we then prepare for it?