My iphone screen lightened and I received the news. One of my best sisters’ mother had passed away. She was a dear personality to me as well.
I just came back from the deceased’s house. With all the new reflections I realized Alhamdulillaah, I did not want to miss the opportunity to share them with all of you. Hoping that inshaAllah this piece will be a reminder for myself and those who read so that together we shall all prepare for a beautiful departure from this world.
As soon as I entered the room, I saw my sister in Islam sitting. That very moment everything changed for me. I forgot all my dunya and my thoughts were now filled with the thoughts of the hereafter. I kept on making du’a for the deceased and I remembered myself and the death of my near ones. In which state would we be departing. Fear filled my heart and it was a great shaking reminder for me. And this led me to the first reflection –
It is extremely important in our times to go and visit the deceased’s house as a reminder for ourselves. Today we live in a materialistic world, the materials constantly making us forget the reality and hardening our hearts. Visiting the deceased’s house frequently help us remember the reality and keep our hearts softened biidhnillah.
A while later, we were called for lunch. Though there was no urge to take lunch we still had to go to the dining hall as a part of responding to the host’s hospitality. As I was taking the lunch, it seemed as if it was a feast. People were enjoying their food and some were even chit-chatting. And this led me to the second reflection –
There are many people in our society, and included in them may be ourselves, who live a life heedless about the hereafter. Even when someone in front of them takes a journey to the hereafter, it does not soften their hearts in the least bit. The problem is not with the lifestyle primarily, the problem is in a lack of knowledge. Because people have a very shallow idea about the ocean of knowledge of the hereafter, they take the matter quite lightly, and hence the manifestation in their actions. However, this problem of ignorance will not be solved unless we step out from our comfy zone to learn about the Divine Knowledge Allah sent down for us. Our lives will not be hereafter oriented if we do not invest some of our precious time learning about this long inevitable journey ahead of us. And on the other side, people who are involved in Da’wah should also pay keen attention to this particular aspect and give good time and effort in preparing good materials on the hereafter and educating the people about this long journey that everyone is about to face.
And finally this led me to the final reflection, which for many should be the scariest.
There are many of us who know about the hereafter. And there are times when we make earnest du’a to Allah to grant us the death of a martyr, and grant us Jannatul Firdous. But Shaytan with his old trick wants to make us forget these grave matters and make us busy with lesser important things. As a result our hearts harden and we slowly forget to include these lofty du’as in our daily du’as. So one of us may be found to pray the 5 times daily salah as a daily practice, but due to the low spirit, may leave out asking Allah for Jannatul Firdous or a good death. Therefore, what is important for us is to constantly remind ourselves with various reminders from the Qur’an and Sunnah about the hereafter, and strive not to live a moment without being hereafter oriented.
We are all on a journey to our Creator, Allah . The One Who created us for a purpose. And if we return to Him without having the purpose fulfilled, no regret can equal to the regret of that day. No shame can equal to the shame of that day. So, ask yourself a question today.
‘When the angels come to take my soul, will they welcome you by saying “O reassured soul, Return to your Lord, well-pleased and pleasing [to Him] [1. Surah Fajr 89:29]
Faria Alam is a young aspiring student who seeks to help young females educate themselves. She is a freelance writer and loves to read books of different disciplines. She takes great interest in personal development.