A Sincere Servant of Allah.
Many people have been on this planet and many arrogant have gone under this earth. Those Kings, Pharaohs, Nimrods and many more… arrogantly claimed to be the God but they have died! Not just this, they could not even know when they would die! All of us might know our date-of-birth or place-of-birth, but who knows one’s date-of-death or place-of-death! However, as long as we don’t know when we will die, doors of repentance are open for us, Insha’Allah.
A little fish considers her ocean to be the only universe; after all, how big is an ocean for a little fish! Once a big fish advised the little fish about fishermen outside the water but she could not be convinced to believe that there could be anything ‘beyond’ this under water world. The big fish gave descriptions of the fishermen and their tools (ship, baits, net, sinker… etc) and warned her to stay away from those things. One day, the little fish came across something strange and suddenly remembered what the elder big fish had said about fishermen and their tools. The little fish moved ahead saying, “There is no such thing as fishermen” and started to eat the bait until the hook got stuck into her mouth. Sadly, she was dragged out of the water and this was it! She could now see the world beyond water and became certain about what the elder big fish had said before but unfortunately, she had no chance to return back.
Some of us we might consider that this world is the only world. Some fish cannot perceive life outside of water, however, there are also some fish who can see things outside the water, it might also happen that a small fish comes out of water for a short time then goes back without being hurt (thus witnessing things outside the water). There are Angels as well as Jinns outside our sights, we don’t see them. Devils can be imagined as the fishermen with baits trying to lure us. We have been warned to stay away from evil, even if we like its bait. Imagine that the Angel of death (Israeel (AS) suddenly appears before us and demands our Soul (it can happen any instant anyway), if we don’t happily surrender ourselves, that Angel could painfully snatch our Soul from us. Then we will realize and become certain about that unseen world, quite like that fish in the above example. Our death is certain, but are we prepared to stand in front of our Lord?
۞ قُلۡ يَتَوَفَّٮٰكُم مَّلَكُ ٱلۡمَوۡتِ ٱلَّذِى وُكِّلَ بِكُمۡ ثُمَّ إِلَىٰ رَبِّكُمۡ تُرۡجَعُونَ
“Say: The angel of death who is given charge of you shall cause you to die, then to your Lord you shall be brought back.” (Surah Sajda 32:11)
“There is no other sin higher than eagerness in living and staying in this world!”
“The story of the world is as a snake that appears to be soft, but inwardly has a deadly poison.”
No Escape From Death: A Real Life Story of Prophet Suleiman (AS):
Almighty Allah made Prophet Suleiman (AS) King of a vast kingdom, which included His entire creation. The Jinn and men obeyed his will and even the birds adhered to his commands, to the extent of using their wings to provide shelter for him. He was also given many other powers such as being able to talk to animals and control the wind so that it could carry him wherever he wished to go. Prophet Suleiman (AS) was blessed with an extraordinary power of perception and intelligence. It is narrated that one day, a man entered the court of Prophet Suleiman (AS) looked around at all the people and went out again. When the court adjourned, one of the people present approached Prophet Suleiman (AS) and asked him whether he knew this strange man.
“The person you saw was the angel of death (Israeel)” replied Prophet Suleiman (AS). The man was taken aback and looked worried.
“Why was he staring at me as though he wanted to take my soul?” he asked.
“What do you want me to do?” enquired Prophet Suleiman (AS).
“O Suleiman!” exclaimed the man. “You have power over the wind. Command it to transport me to the land of Hind (India).”
As the man was a believer, Prophet Suleiman (AS) agreed and granted his wish.
A few days later, Prophet Suleiman (AS) saw the angel of death again. He asked him why he had been staring at the man so intently on that particular day.
“O Suleiman!” replied the angel of death. “Allah commanded me to take the soul of that man on the soil of Hind. When I saw him sitting in your court, I could not understand how I could carry out Allah’s order. Nevertheless, as it was a divine command, I left for Hind and fortunately found the man there. I took his soul as Allah had commanded.”
There is nothing more certain than death. It is a reality, which nobody can escape from. Allah the Almighty says:
أَيۡنَمَا تَكُونُواْ يُدۡرِككُّمُ ٱلۡمَوۡتُ وَلَوۡ كُنتُمۡ فِى بُرُوجٍ۬ مُّشَيَّدَةٍ۬ۗ
“Wherever you may be, death shall overtake you, even if you were in fortified towers.” (Surah Nisa 4:78)
Ali (RA) said: “Any breath that a man breathes is a step towards death.”
Ali (RA) said: “You are the game that death hunts. If you stand still it will seize (catch) you. If you ran (flee) away it will overtake you.”
Big Ship that Landed on an Island: Life of this World and Hereafter in Islam:
There was once a big ship that landed on an Island. The Captain said to the people: “Dear passengers, we will anchor here for you to gather provision and admire the nature and we shall move on with our journey in a few hours time.”
All passengers got off and roamed around the island in groups.
Some “Wise” gentlemen and ladies walked peacefully, collected some souvenirs and food for the journey and returned quickly to the ship. Since they were the first ones back, they got the best and comfortable places on the ship.
The second group of “Forgetful” people walked, played and enjoyed their time. They admired the island and explored its nature. But soon they remembered the ship, so they ran back, without any food and souvenirs. Coming on board, they were tired, but alas the best seats were taken, so they had to do with the less comfortable ones.
The third group of “Greedy and Lustful” people got amazed by the wonders of this island and they began to collect its plants and precious stones. After a while, having heard the call of their captain, they started to head back to the ship, carrying plants, stones and jewelry of all colors and value. However, the heaviness of the treasure they eagerly wanted to bring back slowed their return, and by the time they reached the shore, the boat had already left.
And finally, some “Aimless and Narrow-Minded” people, convinced themselves that the island was all there is and the ship was just something they had imagined. They thus explored the island and built for themselves houses. The boat, of course left them to perish on the island and to be forgotten by everyone.
Similarly, on our journey to Allah The Creator, we have landed on this island, called the World (Dunyaa).
Some “Wise” gentlemen and ladies will walk around and collect good deeds, love and knowledge of Allah and quickly return to The Creator. They of course will be handed paradise, the best of it!
The second group of “Forgetful” people will get distracted by the world (Dunyaa) until their last moment. They will then repent at the last minute. Perhaps they will make it and get the lowest levels of paradise (Jannah).
The third group of “Greedy and Lustful” people will be amazed by the world, and get attracted by its temporary and fake beauty. They will indulge in desire and food and be illusion by it. Perhaps, a call will bring them back to realization, but alas, the attraction will be too much to leave behind and they will miss the ship of salvation.
And finally, some “Aimless and Narrow-Minded” people will just ignore the journey to Allah and pretend that this world is all there is. They will take their houses as their homes and their desires as god. Indeed history as seen many people as such, but no one remembers them. They have been left in hell.
So, my dear friends… The ship is waiting, please jump on board! Our Creator Allah is calling us:
يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلۡإِنسَـٰنُ إِنَّكَ كَادِحٌ إِلَىٰ رَبِّكَ كَدۡحً۬ا فَمُلَـٰقِيهِ
“Oh man! Surely you must strive to your Lord, a hard striving, until you meet Him.” (Surah Ishiqaq 84:6)
“The world is a market in which one group makes profit and another group incurs loss.”
“The one that sincerity of truth and faith took place in his heart, will turn his face from decorations and ornaments of the world.”
The Moral of These Story’s: Those who spend their lives devoted blindly to worldly goods will realize that they consumed all their lives chasing illusions. They will realize their ridiculous situation after they die. Only then will the ultimate purpose of life, to be a sincere servant of Allah, be clear to them.