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بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
الحمد الله


Imām Al Qurṭubī
رحمهالله wrote in his book, Tadhkirat Al Qurṭubī the lessons to be taken from death,

“Think, O’ you who are deceived by this world, of death and its agonies, how difficult and bitter a cup it is. What a true promise death is! How fair a judge it is! Death is enough to fill the heart with fear and the eyes with tears, to separate people, destroy pleasure and put an end to all worldly hopes.

Have you given any thought, O’ son of Adam, to the day when you will die and will be taken out of your place? When you will move from spaciousness (of this world) to the confines (of the grave), when friends and loved ones will let you down, and brothers and friends will desert you? When you will be taken from your bed and placed in a hole in the ground, and instead of a soft blanket you will be covered with dust and earth? O’ gatherer of wealth, O’ industrious builder, by Allah you will have nothing left of your possessions except shrouds, and even they will be destroyed and will vanish as your body disintegrates and turns to dust.

Where is the wealth that you amassed? Will it save you from these terrors? No indeed, you have left it behind for those who will not praise you, and you have come with your burdens (of sin) to One Who will not excuse you.

Imagine yourself, O’ you who have been deceived by this world, when the agony of death and stupor of death overwhelms you, and you start moaning in the throes of death. There will some who will say, ‘So and so has made a will, and his wealth has been calculated,’ others will say, ‘So and so can no longer speak, he does not recognise his neighbours and he does not speak to his brothers.’ It is as if I can see you listening to these words and unable respond. Imagine yourself, O’ son of Adam, being taken from your bed to the place where your body will be washed and shrouded, and being forsaken by your family and neighbours, wept over y your friends and brothers. Imagine the one who has washed your body saying, ‘Where is the wife of So and so to forgive him? Where are the orphans? Your father has left you and you will never see him again after this day.’

Where is the wealth that you have gathered and prepared for hardship and terror? There is no money in your hand when you are dying. The wealth and pride that you enjoyed have been replaced with humiliation and poverty. What has become of you, O prisoner of your burdens, O’ you who have been taken away from your family and your home?

What was it that concealed the right path from you, and caused you to have no interest in making provision for your long journey and time of difficulty? Did you not know, O’ you who were deceived by this world, that this journey to the Day of intense horror was inevitable, when the time spent gossip would be to no avail? That is the Day when you are standing before the Sovereign, the Judge, and the blows struck by your hands, the places where feet took you, the words uttered by your tongue, the actions of all your limbs and faculties, will be counted against you. If Allah has mercy on you, you will go to Paradise, otherwise you will go to the Fire of Hell.

O’ negligent one who ignores these matters, how long will this negligence last? How long will you delay? O you think that the issue is insignificant? Do you think that the matter is easy? Do you think that your situation will help you when it is time for you to depart? Or that your wealth will save you when your actions condemn you? Or that your regret will help you when your feet are slipping? Or that your friends will show you any sympathy when you are gathered (for judgement)? No, by Allah, you are wrong in your thinking, and you will inevitably come to know the reality. You are not content with enough, you never have your fill of that which is haram, you do not listen to lessons, you are not deterred by warnings. You persist in following desires and you go about your life without guidance. You are happy with the things that you have accumulated but you do not think what lies ahead. O’ you who are sleeping unawares, wandering without guidance, for how long will the neglect last? Do you think you will be left alone and let off, and that you will not brought to account tomorrow? Or do you think that death can be bribed? Or do you think that death distinguishes between gazelle and lion?

No, by Allah, wealth and sons can never ward off death from you. Nothing can benefit those who will be forgiven except righteous deeds. So good news to those who listen and understand, who practise what they preach, and are deterred from following their whims and desires, those who know that the victor is the one who pays heed, and that man will have he has striven for. So wake up from this negligence, and make righteous deeds the provision with which you equip yourselves. Do not wish to attain the status of the righteous when you are weighted down with the burden (of sin), doing immoral deeds, when Allah is watching you even when you are alone. Do not be so deceived by hopes and wishes that you neglect to strive. One poet said,

Take provision from this life to help yourself in the Hereafter.

Strive for the sake of Allah and do good deeds.

Do no accumulate too much in this world,

For that accumulation will eventually diminish.

Would you like to accompany people

Who have provision when you do not?”

And indeed Allah سبحانه و تعالى knows best.

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ماشاء الله last words way before a Muslim brother died:

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

الحمد الله

ماشاء الله last words way before a Muslim brother died:

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Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish

By Heba AlShareef (sister of Shaykh Muhammad AlShareef {HafidhahuLlah})

الله الرحمان الرحيم بسم

عليكم ورحمت الله و بركاته السلام

الحمد الله

Bismillah. So, I’ve gotten a number of requests (about 3 actually) to post the text of the speech I gave at the DL certification this past February. Please find it below. And

if you want the full effect, please read it out loud and be extremely dramatic when doing so.

**** I had forgotten my favorite Barbie at my friend Fatima’s house, and when I got my dolly back, all her hair was chopped off and her scalp was painted an awful blue color. I cried for days, but I eventually forgave Fatima, and our friendship was still strong. Fatima and I had so much in common, so many of the same dreams and aspirations.

We would sit in my father’s car and fantasize about our futures.

So one weekend when we were about 15 years old, we were at her house with a bunch of other girls celebrating something. I don’t know what the occasion was, but I do

remember that we were all dancing Lebanese wedding style, holding hands and whirling in a circle. Suddenly, I felt her had slip out of mine. She fell to the ground. And the rest is a blur. Our moms rushed in. The ambulance came. She was in the hospital. She lost all her hair. She looked like my disfigured Barbie.

My best friend Fatima had a brain tumour. She had cancer in the late stages. My best friend was dying.

Enter the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Since 1980, they’ve been granting wishes of terminally ill children around the world. Fatima was eligible. You know what she wished for? She wished for a brand new bedroom set. Three weeks later, they literally sent her home from the hospital to her newly delivered polished all wood death bed.

The Make a Wish people do great things, no doubt, but their power is limited. They do not have the ability to grant the highest of humanly wishes. That wish is not a new bedroom set, or a chance to meet a famous actor, or even a trip to Disney land.

The greatest wish, the most significant wish, the dying wish, brothers and sisters, is the one we belittle the most, the one we minimize the most. Sure, we all wish it, it does have a place on our wish lists, but not with the passion befitting its status. You all know what that wish is. I hardly need to tell you, but I will, because the reminder benefits the believers.

It is the wish for jannah. It is a wish that is wasted.

Advice abounds around us: Don’t waste your time! Don’t waste your money! Don’t waste your health!

Today, I want to add to that: Don’t waste your wishes! Don’t waste your wishes!

Ibn Umar (RA) used to say, “If you survive till the evening, do not expect to be alive in the morning, and if you survive till the morning, do not expect to be alive in the evening, and take from your health for your sickness, and (take) from your life for your death.”

You are alive now. Yes, but how long does NOW actually last?

Jannah is the loftiest of wishes. Allah SWT says in surah al sajdah, “And no soul knows what has been hidden for them of comfort of the eye as reward for what they used to do.” In another ayah, Allah azza wa jal says: “You can tell in their faces the radiance of the blessing.” The inhabitants of Jannah shall be in: “Gardens and rivers.” The inhabitants of Jannah are: “Most pleased with what Allah gave them from His bounty.”

We may be fooled by the wish making methods of those around us. There’s the “make a wish and blow out the candles” mentality that has us hoping that the nicely wrapped boxes won’t contain useless gifts like an itchy sweater or yet another watch. There’s the “jenie in a bottle mentality” where you only have 3 wishes, so you better make the most of them or else.

We are Muslims, there is nothing odd or strange about the methods in which we make our wishes. We do not ask of a 2 cm long candle stuck in gooey pink icing. We do not seek of a large blue man wearing a turban that fits in a small oil lamp.

We are Muslims, we understand that the underlying theme of a wish is to articulate hope and to identify goals. We understand that the underlying theme of a wish is to articulate hope and to identify goals.

Our wishes are found on our dua lists. Our hopes and aspirations, are found on our dua lists. Our dua list is our wish list.

And whom do we ask of? We ask of Allah, the creator of the ultimate wish. Seek it brothers and sisters, bring the wish close to your hearts. Wear the wish in all of your actions and reactions. May you all be granted this wish. Say Ameen.

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