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Posted on Sun, Aug 13, 2006 02:15

Almighty Allah says: (All that is on the earth will perish: but Will abide (for ever) the Face of thy Lord, Full of Majesty, Bounty, and Honor.) (Ar-Rahman: 26-27) In Mukhtasar Minhaj Al- Qasidin, (p.382-389.) the following is mentioned: "Remember well that whoever is occupied with this world and its temptations, his heart will inevitably be heedless of remembering death and if he remembers the death, he will hate and averse from it..." Remembering death entails blessings and favors. Thus, he who engaged in this world may reach the degree of its hate and aversion from it by remembering death. That is because remembering death dis?turbs and spoils his enjoyment in this life. Excellence of Remembering Death Allah the Almighty says: (Every soul shall have a taste of death: And only on the Day of Judgment shall you be paid your recom?pense. Only he who is saved far from the Fire and ad?mitted to the Garden will have attained the object (of life): For the life of this world is but goods and chat?tels of deception.) (Al-'Imran: 185) On the authority of Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Remember often the ender of pleasures: death." (Reported by AI-Tirmidhi who said that it is a Hasan hadith.) Death is a serious matter, but people are heedless of remembering it because they do not frequently think about it and when they do, they do it with a heedless heart. To change this state, one has to completely devote his heart to remembering death like the one that intends to set out on a journey to a remote desert or to sea. It is also beneficial for him to remember his friends, relatives and others who passed before him. Ibn Mas'ud (may Allah be pleased with him) said that: "Fortunate is the one who takes examples from others." Abu Al-Darda' (may Al?lah be pleased with him) said: "If the dead are mentioned before you, count yourself amongst them." Moreover, a person should regularly visit the graves and when he finds himself inclined to this world, he should immediately remind himself that he would inevitably leave it. It is reported on the authority of 'Abdullah Ibn 'Umar who said that: "The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) took me by the shoulder and said: "Be in the world as though you were a stranger or a wayfarer." The son of Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) used to say: "At evening do not expect (to live till) morning, and at morning do not expect (to live till) evening. Take from your health for your illness and from your life for your death." It is also reported on the authority of Abu Zakariah Al-Taimi that: "While Sulaiman Ibn 'Abd Al-Malik was sitting in the Sacred Mosque, an inscribed stone was brought to him. He asked for someone to recite it. The man said, 'O son of Adam, if you were to know your near death, you would renounce your hope of long life, would shun in?creasing your bad deeds, and would abandon your insistence and tricks (for longer life). But you will remorse when you die and leave your family, retinue, sons, and sibs. You will never return (to this world), nor increase your good deeds. So, prepare for the Day of Judg?ment, the Day of Regret and Remorse." why people desire long life There are two reasons of hope for long life: Love of this world and ignorance. Love of this world: When man feels at ease with the desires, pleasures, and temptations of this world, it will be difficult to detach his heart from its love. Consequently, his heart will no longer think about its departure from this world. When man hates something, he tries his best to keep it away from him. Man is always occupied with false hopes that coincide with his desires of this world and its require?ments such as wealth, family, house, friends and the like. So, his heart becomes completely engaged in thinking of this world and is heedless of remembering death or expecting its nearness. Occasionally he thinks about death, he delays thinking about it and promises himself by, "You still have a lot time when you get older you will repent. When he grows up, he says, wait until you attain old age. When he attains old age, he says, wait until I finish from building this house or re?turning from other activities such travel. He will continue in such a way until death surprisingly takes him in an unexpected time and his grief will be forever. Truly, most of torture and grief of the people of Hell is from 'will'. They will say alas! Our fate is because of 'will'. The reason behind all of this hopes is love of this world and feeling at ease with it, and being heedless to the Prophet's (peace and blessings be upon him) advice, "Love whatever you like, for you will inevitably be separated from it." Ignorance: It means that man depends on his youth and thinks that his death is far. Does he not realize that the elders of his commu?nity would be more numerous had many not died in their youth? It is possible, that, for every one old man who lives, therefore of young people who died. Man may also boast about his health but does not know when disease may attack him suddenly, even though may be?lieve that it would occur. When disease attacks a man, the probability of death becomes reality. He should know that death has no set time, such as summer, winter, spring, autumn, day, night, or a particular age, such as youth, elderliness and the like. If he does this, he will se?riously think about and prepare for it. Inequality of People Regarding Hope of long-life People are extremely different with regard of hope for long life. Some of them hope to attain elderliness; some have wish for immortal?ity and some hope for a short life. It is reported on the authority of Abi 'Uthman AI-Mahdi who said: "I attained the age of one hundred and thirty and all things decrease as time goes by except my hope for long life." With respect to the desire for short life, it is reported that the wife of Habib Abi Muhammad said that: "Abi Muhammad used to say to me, if I died today, send to so and so and told him to do such and such. She was asked: Did he have a dream? She replied: This is what he used to say every day." It is also reported that Muhammad Ibn Abi Tawbah said that: "Once Mu'ruf performed Iqamah (second call to Prayer) and said to me, advance and lead the Prayer. I told him, if I lead you this time, I would never lead you again. Thereupon, Ma'ruf said, do you talk to yourself with the hope to pray again? I take refuge in Allah from desir?ing long life, for it can deprive a man from the good of his deeds." This is true of many ascetics, as they desire a short life. If a per?son desires for a short life, he will strive to do their deeds to perfec?tion. That is because if man thinks that he will die on that very day, he will prepare himself as a deceased person. Thus, if he lives until eve?ning, he thanks Allah for His protection, and thinks that he will die on that night, so he proceeds to work to perfection. Many hadiths are reported concerning prompting of work and proceeding for it. For example, it is mentioned in the Sahih of Al?Bukhari on the authority of Ibn 'Abass (may Allah be pleased with him) who said that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Two blessings deceiveh many people: health and lei?sure time." In another narration, the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said to a man while admonishing him: "Take advantage of five things: your youth before your elderliness, your health before your disease, your opulence before your penury, your leisure be?fore your engagement, and your life before your death." 'Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) used to say: "Patience is good in everything except the matters concerning the Hereafter." Al?Hasan also is quoted to have said: "I am surprized by those people who should prepare for their death yet they are heedless of it. Have they not learned their lesson from their ancestors who were also heed?less about death but are now dead themselves." Moreover, Suhaim, the slave of Banu Tamim, said that: "Once I sat beside 'Abdullah Ibn 'Abdullah while he was praying. So, he shortened his prayer and came nigh to me saying, let me take rest through addressing your need for I am in anticipation for something. I asked him: What is this for which you are in anticipation? He replied, 'the angel of death. 'Abdullah used to pray one thousand Rak'ah dai?ly." These people always hurried proceeding to righteous deeds. Ibn 'Umar used to get up during the one night for more than one time and perform Prayer. 'Umair Ibn Hani' used to hymn the Glory of his Lord hundred thousand times daily. Similarly, Abu Bakr Ibn 'Ayash said: "In this corner, I recite the Glorious Qur'an eighteenth thousand times." Remembering of Death Trials Truly, if man does not have to face any trials in this life except those at the time of death, that in itself is a great trial. It is comparable to people who enjoy the best luxuries of this world. If they heard of an imminent attack upon them by an enemy, they will lose all concern for those luxuries. This should be our relationship with death. With every breath that we take, we should remember that death could be upon us by our next breath and that we could be facing the trials associated with our own death. Many times, however, we allow ourselves to be?come heedless as we fall victim to our own ignorance and pride. The trials of death are worse than being assaulted with a sword because an injured person can still use his strength to call for help. At the time of death, however, the suffering is so great that a dying per?son cannot call for help although he would like to stop his suffering, even crying or screaming for help. His soul is pulled from every vein and every organ gradually dies. First, his feet cold, then his legs, then his thighs, then his soul reaches the throat. Whence, his sight is ceased to function and the door of repentance is closed before him. Th


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Posted on Thu, Oct 19, 2006 01:21

Hello, guys.. what do you guys think about death ? is it really afraid to have? actually I am really curious about the teaching of death according to Islam teaching, In my opinion, there is Heaven and Hell after we die. and we should live a righteous life, according to Islam , death is what ? thank you, I really want to know how does it works. thanks


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Posted on Mon, Oct 16, 2006 22:20

Assalamualikum Jazakum Allah Khair Brother AbouMohamed for the posting. I forwarded it to few friends who will certainly benefit from it. Up unti six months ago, I never experienced a sudden loss of someone I interacted with on a daily basis. Ever since that day, I think more and more about death and judgement day. It is human nature to fall back into the frivolousness or our daily lives. We have to make a constant and conscious effort to be more like the comapnions of our beloved Prophet PBUH whom you mentioned. We are never Promised TOMORROW and that's what we should always remember. Jazakum Allah khair for the reminder. Wassalam


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Posted on Mon, Oct 16, 2006 03:36

Salammo Alaykum... brothers & sister, devote your time to Islam...prepared to death to come! dedicated your life to ALLAH... avoid the pleasures of this world (DUNYA), focus your dreams to (AKHIRAT). because every life will taste to death! every ones should prepared when it comes... QUR-AN SAY: "KULLU NAFSIN ZHA'IKATUL MAWT"!!!... Wassalam...


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Posted on Mon, Oct 02, 2006 22:15

assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh The greatness of Allah ALLAHU AKBAR... ALLAHU AKBAR... ALLAHU AKBAR... Let's prepare our self to get Khusnul khotimah...


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Posted on Thu, Aug 31, 2006 04:19

SALAM DEATH IS A BRIDGE TOWARDS MEETING YOUR LORD THERE WERE SUFIS HO LOVED TO DIEAND MEET THEIR LORD AMIR KUSROU ON HIS LAST DAY SANG WITH JOY {MERAVAMEO MERAVAMEO} in persian. we are going we are going. such was the love for thier lord to perish in his lov.


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Posted on Mon, Aug 14, 2006 11:02

ASAK, Brother you have awakened my fear and Inshallah who ever reads this would be the same, thanx for it. Allah Hafiz, IMAD


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