Asalam aleikum warahmatulah wabarakatuh. Today I was honored to pray janazzah for a sister who passed away yesterday. May Allah forgive her short comings and make Jannatul firdaus her final abode! I say honored because in doing so, you are reminded of the reality that is DEATH!
“We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return.” [2:156]
I find it very, I mean extremely annoying when I tell someone of another persons passing and the first reaction I get is comments like: What did they die of? Oh they were so young! Eh kale the world can be evil, With all that money??? etc etc. First take a moment to internalise what just happened. All those are secondary. Pray for the deceased, pray for the family to be granted beautiful patience to go through the trying moment, pray for the ummah but most especially pray for yourself. The first thing that should occur to you is that you are next as that is the inevitable reality. Death doesn’t make an appointment, it has no age, doesn’t care about your occupation, the amount of money you have or whatever other circumstances are surrounding your life at the moment. Death is the one assured thing that we have no control or knowledge about.
The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: “Remember much, that which cuts off pleasure: Death, since no-one remembers it in times of difficulty, except that things are made easy for him, nor mentions it at times of ease, except that the affairs become constricted for him.”
Saheehul-Jaami’us Sagheer, no 1222
“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 (a deceiving thing).” (Qur’an Al-Imran 3:185)
“And we granted not to any human being immortality before you (O Muhammad), then if you die, would they live forever? Everyone is going to taste death, and We shall make a trial of you with evil and with good, and to Us you will be returned.” (Qur’an Al-Anbiyah 21:34-35)
“(He) Who created death and life, that He may test which of you is best in deed. He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving.” (Qur’an Al-Mulk 67:2)
The thing with death is not about when or how you go. Its about the state you are in with your lord at the point at which you go. Where are you with your Allah? If He took you now, would you be pleased with what you have to present? Would He be pleased with you? Remember you don’t take any of this dunya with you apart from the deeds you have acquired through your life. That is the akhira currency. So prepare yourself for the day when your soul will leave you and you’ll be left being referred to as ‘the body’. Nameless, lifeless, still, incapable of anything. SubhanAllah you cannot even decide who touches you or where you are taken. I could go on about this topic for ages but I’ll stop. Learn from the deaths around us!
P.S Think about those closest to you. They will be the ones closest to you on that day. They will be the ones to wash your body and also form the first line of your janazzah prayer. Close your eyes and imagine this. Will they be able to do it for you? Are you able to do it for them?
Ya Allah take us when you are most pleased with us, in the purest of forms. Ya Allah take us upon the haqq. Take us a muslims and grant us good deaths. May our last words be our best words and our last actions our best actions. Take us with Shahadah on our lips. May the last testimonies people give about us be the best and may we leave legacies that will elevate us in Jannah. Ya Allah have mercy on our people who you took before us, widen their graves, make the places from those of Jannah for them and reunite us in the best of Jannah.