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Living to Die or Dying to Live!
« on: June 20, 2007, 12:28:42 PM »
 Living to Die or Dying to Live


"You know Allaah; yet you do not obey Him. You recite the Qur`aan; yet you do not act according to it. You know Shaytaan; yet you continue agreeing with him."

Shaykh ’Alee Hasan al-Halabee said:

"Death is a harsh and fearful reality, faced by everyone who lives. No one has the power to avoid it, nor does anyone around the dying person have the ability to prevent it. It is something that happens every moment and it is something encountered by the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the strong and the weak. They are all the same in that they have no plan, or any means of escaping it, no means of intercession, no way to prevent it or to delay it." [1]

Allaah the Exalted says:

"Say: Indeed, the death from which you flee will surely meet you, then you will be sent back to Allaah, the All-Knower of the unseen and the seen. And He will then tell you what you used to do." [Sooratul Jumu’ah 62:8]

"Every soul shall taste death. And we shall make a trial of you with evil and with good and to Us will you we returned." [Sooratul Anbiyaa 21:34-35]

Indeed it is death: "which causes fear in the souls, and with it, ones actions are sealed, and what comes after it is even more fearful and fear-inducing. For is there a place which no one can flee to in order to escape from the constrictions suffered in the grave? Indeed, not a single one of us knows where he will end up. Will it be Paradise whose width is like the heavens and the earth, or will it be the Fire whose fuel is of men and stones?" [2]

Ibraaheem Ibn Adham (d.160H) - rahimahullaah - said, when he was asked about the verse:

"Call upon Me, and I will respond to you." [Sooratul Ghaafir 40:60]

"They said: We call upon Allaah, but He does not answer us." So he said:

"You know Allaah; yet you do not obey Him. You recite the Qur`aan; yet you do not act according to it. You know Shaytaan; yet you continue agreeing with him. You claim to love the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam); yet you abandon his Sunnah (guidance and way). You claim to love Paradise; yet you do not work for it. You claim to fear the Fire; yet you do not stop sinning. You say: 'Indeed death it true'; yet you have not prepared for it. You busy yourself with the faults of others; yet you do not look at your own faults. You eat the sustenance that Allaah provides for you; yet you are not grateful to Him. And you bury your dead; yet you have not heeded its lesson." [3]

So this - O noble reader - is the reality which must be firmly established in one's heart; the reality that life in this world is limited and has an appointed end, and that this end will surely come…

"The righteous will die;

And the wicked will die.

The warriors who fight Jihaad will die;

And those who sit at home will die.

Those who busy themselves with correct beliefs will die;

And those who treat people as their slaves will die.

The brave who reject injustice will die;

And the vile who seek to cling to this vile life will die.

The people of lofty-goals and ambitions will die;

And the wretched people who live for cheap enjoyment will die." [4]

Shaykh 'Alee Hasan al-Halabee said:

"So keep in mind the point of death, and of one's passing on to the next life, and the number sins that one has committed and the small amount of good that one has done. Think of the good that you would earnestly like to do at that time - then bring that forward and do it today. And think of all those things which you would desire to clear yourself of - then clear yourself from them now." [5]

 

Footnotes:

[1] al-Mawt (p. 9) of Shaykh 'Alee Hasan al-Halabee.

[2] as-Salaat Wa Atharuhaa fee Ziyaadatil Eemaan (p. 10) od Shaykh Husayn al-'Awaayishah.

[3] It was related by al-Haafidh Ibn Rajab in al-Khshoo' fis Salaah (p. 62)

[4] al-Mawt (p. 10)

[5] al-Mawt (p. 16)

 


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