That Which Takes Happiness Away!
6th November 2011. Eid al Adha. The day was spent happily.
Before going to bed, I was checking my inbox as usual. I found a mail from my friend announcing the death of Janab Kutubuddeen Ahmad Sahib.
Inna lil-laahi wa inna ilaihi raaji’oon. Certainly we are for Allah, and we return back to Allah.
Happiness vanished. You become sad especially when someone so close to you is no more.
Sitting in silence I recall my meeting with him at his house about four months ago. He compelled me to have tea with him. Neither he nor I knew that we were meeting for the last time.
Just a week ago, he had been to Singapore to meet his daughter there.
His wife and other children who wished him a happy journey never even dreamt that he will never come back.
Those who saw him off at the airport never knew that they were seeing him off forever.
The man, who is no more now, never knew that he is not going to meet his near and dear ones again. That his flight to Singapore was the last flight of his life!
His daughter in Singapore never knew that her father has come all along from Chennai to Singapore with an invisible ‘kafan’ wrapped over his body.
None realised that Allah was preparing for his burial in Singapore.
The deceased was a great scholar of Islam. He was the author and translator of many books in Tamil. His great contribution was the translation of Qur’an in Tamil language.
I pray to Allah to forgive all his sins and grant him the highest place in Jannah. Aameen.
Some Points to Think and Act Upon:
1. Death is certain. None can escape death. So I and you must be wise enough to prepare for the life after death.
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَلْتَنْظُرْ نَفْسٌ مَا قَدَّمَتْ لِغَدٍ ۖ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ [٥٩:١٨
O Believers! fear Allah and let every person look and consider what he sent for tomorrow (i.e. Day of Judgement) Fear Allah; Allah is well aware of all that you do.
2. The time of death is destined by Allah, the Giver of life, and the Taker of life. Neither the time of death can be advanced, nor can it be postponed.
وَلَوْ يُؤَاخِذُ اللَّهُ النَّاسَ بِظُلْمِهِمْ مَا تَرَكَ عَلَيْهَا مِنْ دَابَّةٍ وَلَٰكِنْ يُؤَخِّرُهُمْ إِلَىٰ أَجَلٍ مُسَمًّى ۖ فَإِذَا جَاءَ أَجَلُهُمْ لَا يَسْتَأْخِرُونَ سَاعَةً ۖ وَلَا يَسْتَقْدِمُونَ [١٦:٦١
Were Allah to take people to task for their wrong-doing, He would not have spared even a single living creature on the face of the earth. But He grants them respite until an appointed term. And when that term arrives, they have no power to delay it by a single moment, nor to hasten it.
3. The Place where one will die is decided already by Allah. None except Allah knows the place of every man’s death.
…وَمَا تَدْرِي نَفْسٌ بِأَيِّ أَرْضٍ تَمُوتُ …[٣١:٣٤
No soul knows in which land he will die!
Kutubuddeen sahib spent his entire life in Tamilnadu, India. His death was destined in Singapore. So Allah took him there in the evening of his life.
We must realise and understand very well that Allah drives a person out of his house and takes him to a place where he is destined to die, and he dies there.
… قُلْ لَوْ كُنْتُمْ فِي بُيُوتِكُمْ لَبَرَزَ الَّذِينَ كُتِبَ عَلَيْهِمُ الْقَتْلُ إِلَىٰ مَضَاجِعِهِمْ ۖ ….[٣:١٥٤
Say: ‘Even if you had been in your houses, those for whom slaying had been appointed would have gone forth to the places where they were to be slain.’
4. Most important thing for a Muslim is to die in the state of Imaan.
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنْتُمْ مُسْلِمُونَ [٣:١٠٢
Believers! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and see that you do not die save in the state of submission to Allah.
This ayah, along with other verses, is recited during Nikkah, marriage sermon. Brides and bridegrooms are reminded of death even during the happiest occasion of their life: Your happiness is not permanent. Nor is your life! Prefer that which is permanent over that which is transitory.
بَلْ تُؤْثِرُونَ الْحَيَاةَ الدُّنْيَا [٨٧:١٦
وَالْآخِرَةُ خَيْرٌ وَأَبْقَىٰ [٨٧:١٧
Nay! but you prefer the present life, whereas the Hereafter is better and longer lasting.
5. a. We Muslims must offer the following supplication every now and then, not necessarily only during Janazah prayer!
اللَّهُمَّ مَنْ أَحْيَيْتَهُ مِنَّا فَأَحْيِهِ عَلَى الإِسْلامِ ، وَمَنْ تَوَفَّيْتَهُ مِنَّا فَتَوَفَّهُ عَلَى الإِيمَانِ
O Allah! Whoever amongst us lives, let him live in the shade of Islam and whoever amongst us dies, let him die in the state of Imaan.
b. I love this du’aa of Yousuf (alihis salam). We need to often supplicate to Allah:
فَاطِرَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ أَنْتَ وَلِيِّي فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ ۖ تَوَفَّنِي مُسْلِمًا وَأَلْحِقْنِي بِالصَّالِحِينَ [١٢:١٠١
O Creator of heavens and earth! You are my Guardian in this world and in the Hereafter. Cause me to die in submission to You, and join me, in the end, with the righteous.”