Anas bin Malik (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said “None of you should wish for death because of a calamity befalling him, but if he has to wish for death, he should say: ‘O Allah! Keep me alive as long as life is better for me, and let me die if death is better for me’.” (Sahih Bukhari)
Rasulullah (SAW) said, “Value five things before five:
Value youth before old age.
Health before sickness.
Free time before being occupied.
Wealth before poverty.
Life before death.” (Tirmidhi)
Our is Life Is A Trust And A Test Of Deeds
ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَ ٱلۡمَوۡتَ وَٱلۡحَيَوٰةَ لِيَبۡلُوَكُمۡ أَيُّكُمۡ أَحۡسَنُ عَمَلاً۬ۚ وَهُوَ ٱلۡعَزِيزُ ٱلۡغَفُورُ
“He Who created Death and Life, that He may try which of you is best in deed: and He is the Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving” (Surah Mulk 67:2)
وَلَنَبۡلُوَنَّكُم بِشَىۡءٍ۬ مِّنَ ٱلۡخَوۡفِ وَٱلۡجُوعِ وَنَقۡصٍ۬ مِّنَ ٱلۡأَمۡوَٲلِ وَٱلۡأَنفُسِ وَٱلثَّمَرَٲتِۗ وَبَشِّرِ ٱلصَّـٰبِرِينَ
“Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods, lives and the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:155)
Death is Inevitable
كُلُّ نَفۡسٍ۬ ذَآٮِٕقَةُ ٱلۡمَوۡتِۗ
“Each living thing must eventually die.” (Surah Al-Imran 3:185)
There is no avoidance of birth or death except to utilize the interval effectively. Our existence in this world seems like a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. Death is certain and wherever you are death will reach you. But as certain as we are about the occurrence of death, so uncertain are we about its timing and we are instructed to act as if every act could be our last
We Are Fully Accountable.
إِنۡ أَحۡسَنتُمۡ أَحۡسَنتُمۡ لِأَنفُسِكُمۡۖ وَإِنۡ أَسَأۡتُمۡ فَلَهَاۚ
“If we do good, it is to our own benefit; if we do wrong, it is to our own detriment.” (Surah Al-Israa 17:7)
فَمَن يَعۡمَلۡ مِثۡقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ خَيۡرً۬ا يَرَهُ ۥ (٧) وَمَن يَعۡمَلۡ مِثۡقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ۬ شَرًّ۬ا يَرَهُ ۥ (٨)
“Then shall anyone who has done an atom’s weight of good, see it! (7) And anyone who has done an atom’s weight of evil, shall see it. (8).” (Surah Al-Zalzala 99: 7-8)
ٱلۡمَالُ وَٱلۡبَنُونَ زِينَةُ ٱلۡحَيَوٰةِ ٱلدُّنۡيَاۖ وَٱلۡبَـٰقِيَـٰتُ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتُ خَيۡرٌ عِندَ رَبِّكَ ثَوَابً۬ا وَخَيۡرٌ أَمَلاً۬
“Wealth and sons are allurements of the life of this world: but the things that endure, Good Deeds, are best in the sight of thy Lord, as rewards, and best as (the foundation for) hopes..” (Surah Al-Kahf 18:46)
Rasulullah (SAW) said “Three things follow the deceased to his grave:
his family, his wealth and his deeds. His family and wealth return, only his deeds remain with him.”
Our accountability extends to all dimensions of our lives, whether it be … Our responsibility towards those in our care:
“Each one of you is a caretaker and each will be held responsible for those under his/her care.”
Our responsibilities regarding ourselves:
“Each person will be held accountable regarding how life was spent, how knowledge was utilized, how wealth was acquired and spent, and how the body was used or abused.”
Let Mot Materialism Divert Us.
We are so caught up in the pursuits of the material until we reach the grave and seem to be fast asleep until awakened by the reality of death.
Our lives are but footnotes on the page of history, each has his/her own life and each life is a unique story. Sometimes we enter into each other’s lives and become a temporary or permanent part of each other’s stories. All our lives are but part of a larger story.
The fundamental question remains: How do we contribute to the larger story?
Ali (RA) advised: “Socialize with people in such a way that when you die, they mourn for you and when you live, they desire your company.”
Do Not Wish For Death.
Life could be meaningful, death is certain yet peaceful, it is the transition from life to death (dying) that is traumatic. Living a righteous life makes death much easier.
Rasulullah (SAW) said: “the best of lives are those long ones filled with goodness.”
“None should wish for death, if you are good it is possible that you may increase in goodness, and if you are sinful you may rectify your ways and improve yourself.”
Rather make this dua:
“O Allah, make life for me a means for increased goodness and make death for me a prevention from doing any evil.”
Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated: I heard Allah’s Apostle (SAW) saying, “…none of you should wish for death, for if he is a good doer, he may increase his good deeds, and if he is an evil doer, he may repent to Allah.” (Sahih Bukhari)
“Keep us (O Lord) on the right path, the path of those upon whom You have bestowed Your bounties, not (the path) of those, inflicted with Your wrath, nor (of those) gone astray, O our Lord, do not hold us responsible if we forget or make a mistake. O our Lord, do not lay on us a burden such as You laid on those before us. O our Lord, do not impose upon us that which we have not the strength (to bear). Pardon us, and forgive us, and have mercy on us. You are our Lord-master, so help us against the unbelieving people. Aameen Thuma Aameen.”