Death

Ash-Shaykh ‘Ali al-Tanlawi related that a man who drove a truck in Syria once picked up a passenger to give him a lift. The passenger sat in the back where there was neither roof nor cover. There was, however, a coffin that had been prepared for burial. It started to rain and the man, noticin g that it was a large coffin, decided to seek shelter inside of it. Another passenger came onto the truck and he also made his way to the back. He happened to choose a seat beside the coffin. While it continued to rain the second passenger thou ght that he was alone in the truck. Without warning, the first passenger stuck hi s hand out of the coffin to see if the rain had subsided. On seeing the hand, the second passenger bec ame terrified , thinking that a dead man in the coffin was rising to life. From the sheer terror and shock of the moment, the man stumbled backwards, fell out of the truck, and smashed his head on the pavement, dying instantaneously.

This unexpected way of dying is how Allah had written for this man to die.

“Everything happens according to a Divine decree, And in the deaths of others are morals and lessons.”

It is incumbent upon everyone to realize that death is hovering above us. At any moment, day or night, death can come. ‘Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) expressed in lucid terms the reality of our life:

“The Hereafter is traveling towards us and this life is traveling away from us, so be from the children of the Hereafter and not from the children of this world. For today is action without reckoning (judgment) , and tomorrow is  reckoning without action.”

From this saying, we can learn how imperative it is for us to improve ourselves, to renew our repentance, and to know that we are dealing with Allah, Who is Most Generous and All-Powerful.

Death does not ask a person for permission prior to arrival, nor does it give one an early warning about its being on its way:

No person knows what he will earn tomorrow. and no p erson knows in what land he will die.   (Qur an 31: 34)

– ..the Appointment to y ou is  for a Day, which y ou cannot put back for  an hour [or a moment} nor put forward. (Qur ‘an 34: 30)

sheer terror and shock of the moment, the man stumbled backwards, fell out of the truck, and smashed his head on the pavement, dying instantaneously.

This unexpected way of dying is how Allah had written for this man to die.

“Everything happens according to a Divine decree, And in the deaths of others are morals and lessons.”

It is incumbent upon everyone to realize that death is hovering above us. At any moment, day or night, death can come. ‘Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) expressed in lucid terms the reality of our life:

“The Hereafter is traveling towards us and this life is traveling

away from us, so be from the children of the Hereafter and not from the children of this world. For today is action without reckoning (judgment) , and tomorrow is  reckoning without action.”

From this saying, we can learn how imperative it is for us to improve ourselves, to renew our repentance, and to know that we are dealing with Allah, Who is Most Generous and All-Powerful.

Death does not ask a person for permission prior to arrival, nor does it give one an early warning about its being on its way:

No person knows what he will earn tomorrow. and no p erson knows in what land he will die.  (Qur an 31: 34)

– ..the Appointment to y ou is  for a Day, which y ou cannot put back for  an hour [or a moment} nor put forward. j          (Qur ‘an 34: 30)

Excerpt from Dont Be Sad

 

 

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