Die a Good Death

[Following are a few highlights from a very powerful talk given by Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed db on Sunday 13th May in Lahore, Pakistan]

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كُلُّ نَفْسٍ ذَائِقَةُ الْمَوْتِ ۖ ثُمَّ إِلَيْنَا تُرْجَعُونَ 

Every soul will taste death. Then to Us will you be returned.

[Al-Ankabut 29:57]

كُلُّ نَفْسٍ ذَائِقَةُ الْمَوْتِ ۗ وَنَبْلُوكُم بِالشَّرِّ وَالْخَيْرِ فِتْنَةً ۖ وَإِلَيْنَا تُرْجَعُونَ

Every soul will taste death. And We test you with evil and with good as trial; and to Us you will be returned.

[Al-Anbiyah 21:35]

كُلُّ نَفْسٍ ذَائِقَةُ الْمَوْتِ ۗ وَإِنَّمَا تُوَفَّوْنَ أُجُورَكُمْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ ۖ فَمَن زُحْزِحَ عَنِ النَّارِ وَأُدْخِلَ الْجَنَّةَ فَقَدْ فَازَ ۗ وَمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا مَتَاعُ الْغُرُورِ

Every soul will taste death, and you will only be given your [full] compensation on the Day of Resurrection. So he who is drawn away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise has attained [his desire]. And what is the life of this world except the enjoyment of delusion.

[Al-Imran 3:185]

أَيْنَمَا تَكُونُوا يُدْرِككُّمُ الْمَوْتُ وَلَوْ كُنتُمْ فِي بُرُوجٍ مُّشَيَّدَةٍ

Wherever you may be, death will overtake you, even if you should be within towers of lofty construction.

[An-Nisa 4:78]

قُلْ إِنَّ الْمَوْتَ الَّذِي تَفِرُّونَ مِنْهُ فَإِنَّهُ مُلَاقِيكُمْ ۖ ثُمَّ تُرَدُّونَ إِلَىٰ عَالِمِ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ فَيُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ

Say, “Indeed, the death from which you flee – indeed, it will meet you. Then you will be returned to the Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, and He will inform you about what you used to do.”

[Al-Jumu’a 62:8]

وَيَبْقَىٰ وَجْهُ رَبِّكَ ذُو الْجَلَالِ وَالْإِكْرَامِ

And there will remain the Face of your Lord, Owner of Majesty and Honor.

[Ar-Rahman 55:27]

Hadith: Kun fid-dunya ka’annaka ghareeb au ‘aabir as-sabeel

سُبْحَانَ رَبِّكَ رَبِّ الْعِزَّةِ عَمَّا يَصِفُونَ

وَسَلَامٌ عَلَى الْمُرْسَلِينَ

وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

[37:180-182]

Hamarey Hadhrat Gee farmatey hain, “Humein is dunya mey aik achi zindagi jeenay k liyey nahi bheja gya; hum is dunya mey achi zindagi jeenay ka liyey nahi ayey hai — achi maut marney k liyey ayey hain”

“We have not been sent to this world to live a good life; we have been sent to this world to die a good death.”

We have not been sent to this world to live a pleasurable life; we have been sent to this world to die a pleasurable death. This is a fundamental teaching of every Deen; every Book; every Prophet; universal teaching of Allah swt and its a fundamental failure of the Muslims today. Each and every one of us wants to live a good life and very few of us are concerned with trying to die a good death.

When it comes to our life in this world – we want the best and the most. These are our two favourite words when it comes to the dunya: Best and Most.

– [E.g.] I want the best Education; I want the best degree from the best institute with the best pedigree; that I want the best internship; that I want the best Job; that I want the best Promotion; I want the best office; that I want the best car; I want the best house I can afford; I want to live in the best neighbourhood I can afford; I want the best spouse I can find then we should have the best schools for our children then they should also go through the same process and they should also have the best degree and the best Job! And then when it comes to  how much of the best? We want more and more. How much more? I want the most possible dunya I can have! I want to have the most money I can save! The most money I can make! I want to make the most bonus I can possibly make this year!

When it comes to the Dunya; everything is the best and the most. And when it comes to Deen and Aakhirah – the so called educated Muslim of today reveals his true Jahalah and ignorance – when  it comes to the Aakhirah they say: I want the least. Show me the least I have to do. Show me the bare minimum I have to do; tell me is it really fardh or not? Am I really going to be asked about this?

Allahuakbar! Could you ever talk to your employer like that? When he sends you an email and tells you something to do – do you go to his office and say,” Is this really necessary for me to do as part of my job description?”  No! we want the best and the most when it comes to the dunya and we want the least and easiest when it comes to Deen. Least and Easiest when it comes to Aakhirah.

What would you call that person who wants the best and the most in the Dunya and tries for the least in the Aakhirah other than a fool – A tragic fool. Make the most of this world only to loose it all when you die!

Thats why Allah swt Explained in Qur’an,

كُلُّ نَفْسٍ ذَائِقَةُ الْمَوْتِ ۖ ثُمَّ إِلَيْنَا تُرْجَعُونَ

[Al-Ankaboot 29:57]

That each and every single Nafs; each and every single self; each and every single soul; each and every single life will taste death! Allahuakbar

Not, will diewill taste death. Will experience death – will go through the process of death; will go through all of the stages that take place after death.

Thats why I said, “Pleasurable death” – because its a  ذَائِقَةُ ; its a taste! Every single one of us is going to taste it!

And then Allah swt Says that then after you taste that death – if that experience itself is not terrifying enough for you; you will be returned to Us – Allah swt. Then, you will be brought in front of Us; Then you will be made to stand in front of Allah swt, alone. Yes, it comes in Qur’an: Yaum-e-Hashr – the Day when all people will be gathered together but then they will stand in front of Allah swt alone. فُرَادَىٰ. One-on-one with Allah swt!

[وَلَقَدْ جِئْتُمُونَا فُرَادَىٰ كَمَا خَلَقْنَاكُمْ أَوَّلَ مَرَّةٍ وَتَرَكْتُم مَّا خَوَّلْنَاكُمْ وَرَاءَ ظُهُورِكُمْ

(It will be said to them), “And you have certainly come to Us alone as We created you the first time, and you have left whatever We bestowed upon you behind you.

Al-Anaam 6:94]

One-on-one with Allah swt! Thats why Allah swt Says in the Qur’an-e-Karim,

وَأَمَّا مَنْ خَافَ مَقَامَ رَبِّهِ

As for that person who is scared of standing in front of His Rabb

وَنَهَى النَّفْسَ عَنِ الْهَوَىٰ

[An-Nazi’at 79:40]

And all the time they keep thinking about this standing in front of Allah swt and when they remember their death; they remember their Aakhirah; they remember that they will be presented in front of Allah swt – then they stop their Nafs from following its desires.

And that young man and woman who never remembers their death – who never remembers Aakhirah; who doesn’t even know that they are going to be standing in front of their Rabb – they have deleted it from their entire consciousness; they are never aware of it therefore they don’t fear it and so they don’t stop their Nafs. They do whatever they want! And they glorify this by saying, ‘Ji may apni marzi ka malik hun; jo meri marzi hai wuhi chaley ga; jo meri marzi hoti hai wuhi mey kerta hun – they actually start talking like that! They do whatever they want; whatever they wish; however they want; however they wish; whenever they want; whenever they wish!

Allah swt Says about such a person in Qur’an,

أَفَرَأَيْتَ مَنِ اتَّخَذَ إِلَـٰهَهُ هَوَاهُ

[Al-Jathiya 45:23]

that Are you not stunned; Are you not dumbfounded; Are you not amazed at that person who has taken their every wish and desire as their God? Slave to their own desires! A creature to their own desires – whatever they wish; however they wish; whenever they wish every day of their life! And not a single day do they remember death!

…to be continued, inshaAllah.

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