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Why Is It Important To Remember Death?
Channel: Ali Albarghouthi
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If death is such an important part of life, why do we avoid talking about it? Why don’t we try to understand it better? Here, we discuss how remembering our mortality helps us to live better, as it brings much needed balance and purpose into our lives. Death in Islam is a bridge, and it is up to us to decide where this bridge is taking us.
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all praise and thanks belong to Allah the Most High we thank him and we seek His help and aid and ask Him to forgive us and we seek His refuge from the evil of ourselves and the sins that we commit. Indeed, Whosoever Allah guides no one can lead astray and who serve Allah leads astray Northgate guide and I bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship except Allah alone. And that Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is his slave and messenger. Indeed the best to speech is the book of Allah. And the best of guidance is that belonging to comments of Allah Allah us in them and the worst of religious matters are those that are innovative, that every religious innovation is a
bit on every bit is misguidance every misguided so be in hellfire.
The messenger sallallahu alayhi wa and he was sent them exhorted us to remember depth and not only to remember that but to remember it with frequency. So he said the room in victory had him in that that mode. He said remember with frequency that destroyer of pleasures that destroyer of enjoyments meaning death
and he continues so a lot he was settling for in a woman who I hadn't
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he said because no one will remember it while experiencing ease of living, comfort in living.
You know it is wide open in front of them. It is very spacious. There are a lot of opportunities. If they remember death while they are in that situation that remembrance will bring narrowness or tightness to it. That's what the Hadith is saying.
It will have an
effect on them, and that is the effect. But if the person is experiencing difficulty in their lives
and it's tight,
then he said, some law you send them that that remembrance will bring relief, it will make it more spacious in their eyes, their situation, their life more spacious in their eyes. And let us take that second situation. First, we have to admit that this life is filled with tests. And we know that the more faith the more email that you have, the more likely you are to face tests in this life, that is the nature of this life. And sometimes, whether you even Muslim or non Muslim, faithful or not strong the amount or not, you will be in situations where it seems completely dark. As if there is no way out there is no escape.
And in light of that, because of this, some people start thinking that the only way out of this, the only solution is death.
Death will be the end of all of my problems, the end of all of my anxiety, I don't have to worry about all of this anymore death and that is it. So they think about it, they wish for it, they may make make up for it, or may god forbid also they may attempt to take their own lives because of that, that is the escape that they see. But the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says in another Hadith, lay them and
let not one of you wish for death, because of a harm that he or she are experiencing. Do not do that.
but if you must, if you must say something funny
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if you have to say something then you will say in light of that situation, in light of that feeling that you have, I only see or figure out that death is my solution. That is my help. It says if that is the case, don't ask for death. But what should you ask for you say to Allah, Allah give me life as long as life is good for me is best for me. And Allah take away my soul when that is best for me. So here what you're doing is that you are surrendering to Allah subhana wa Taala you are admitting I am not going to decide this is not me who decides what is best and what is not Allah has written down when I will die. Instead what I will ask Allah subhana wa tada and leave the thing in his hand
I will say y'all I extend my life as long as that is best.
And he Allah take my life as long as that is best. And then you go with that last decision. You go with what Allah decided for you. So when you wake up in the morning, right? When you wake up in the morning and you say Allah has given me life now, I made that day. And that is actually part of the job of the prophets of Allah you sure you woke up in the morning? And now I know that Allah has given me life today. This is an AMA.
So what is the what is the vicar when you wake up? Alhamdulillah
Alhamdulillah What do you say to the law? You say 100 now because you're receiving a new hammer right
now who had given us life after death, because sleeping is the minor death. Sleeping is an experience similar to death. Allah says Allah we have the weapon and Pooja hain mot ha
Anamika Allah subhanho wa Taala takes the souls of those beings, those human beings who have passed away and those who are going to sleep
then Allah will keep the souls of those that he had destined to have passed away. Those who have died alone, keep their souls and then release and send back the souls who have those who are going to wake up. Those are going to continue their life. So in a similar fashion, sleep is like death, your soul goes to Allah subhanho wa Taala except the differences Allah sends it back. So that's why he says
he gave us life after death. So when you wake up after you have made that drought you're receiving that day, as if it's a blessing from Allah because it's truly a blessing from Allah subhanaw taala he decided to extend your day life by one day.
Maybe you won't get two maybe you won't get three and here is one more day. It means that this is best for you ally saying this is best for you to live in. Now it is your chance to deposit in that day.
deposit in that day which will benefit you in the hereafter because it's a gift from Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And he says
the advantage of asking that and not wishing for death. Among the many advantages is why
polyphor incana seen and Fernanda, who has done well in kanimozhi, and Fernando, who has started, if Allah extends your life, why is
it he says, because if you are doing good, it's an opportunity to do more.
And if you're not doing what is not good, if you're doing evil, it's an opportunity to come back that day that week, that's here that Allah has extended and added to your lungs and opportunity to come back. So it is anathema. Whatever way you look at it, whatever way you look at it.
Let us take the first scenario, a person who is enjoying this life, comfortable in this life. And this life, we have to admit admit, its effect on us is like magic. Because we look at things around us things that we admire, things that we love, things that regardless,
they look great, they sound great, they taste great. And the person the one of us, when we are attracted to it, we start building our own paradise, but on this earth, none in the hereafter. But on this hurts. I love this thing. And I love that thing. And I wish to be here I wish to be there. And our hearts and our bodies grow so attached to it, we become so comfortable with it, that we don't wish to leave it at all because it is our paradise. It is our agenda.
We build the gentlemen on this earth. So when you come to someone like that, and you bring them the news and you say death, you're going to leave all of this, all of that is going to decay, all of that is going to evaporate, then of course it's going to bring tightness to their life. But this is a welcome feeling.
This is not a feeling to run away from this is a welcome feeling. This is a corrective, this is something to wake us up. This is something to tell us, the thing that you've built on this earth is not going to last.
And the funny thing is that though all of us are going to die, and we know that we're going to die, we treat it as if it's not going to happen. That's why some of the setup have said, Yeah, I have not seen something that is so real, but resembles fiction more than death. It is real, it is almost a reality, ultimate reality.
But we treat it as fiction as if it's not going to happen until one day comes and it takes place.
And we have to be ready. Unlike those who do not know a loss of our data, we have to be ready for it. You know a person who is about to take a test
and did not study
and you were about just to enter the hall where you're going to be taking the test and you haven't studied on your future depends on it. And at that point you say, I wish I just have one more hour. Just to flip through the book at least I can maybe you know glance some answers I can write in the exam booklet.
Give me just two hours maybe extend me by one day.
But when death comes Allah subhana wa Donna says whether you are still alone Epson either jaja when death comes, Allah subhanaw taala is not going to delay anyone. When it's time has come.
When the death is going to arrive,
we will say people who did not already not close to Allah did not obey Allah will say he Allah send me back. So I can do something good in the things that I've left behind. Let me send me back so I can do something good. Allah says Ghana in Kalimantan, no, I know, this is just a word that he's saying. Because he's panicking. The reality of it is that if you are going to do something, you're going to do it now. Not just moments before your death when you're receiving the angels. And you notice they're not smiling. The angels are coming to take you and they're not smiling.
They're angry. If that is the case Have you been received by angry angels? Then you and you understand what's going to come after is terrible then you at that time are we gonna wish you Allah send us back your lesson this back. That's the advantage of remembering that because now you can correct yourself now you can motivate yourself now that you can choose the path different than the path that you have taken.
And brothers and sisters it's not just enough to know these things, by mentally just know these things. Because some of us you come to some of us or maybe all of us at some time, and we'll say yeah, we know about all of this. Yeah, all of us are gonna die. Yeah, of course that's gonna happen to all of us. But then we continue doing whatever good we're doing. We have the info but we don't
and that is a disease that had happened to people before us and is happening Also with us today.
Allah subhana wa tada says about a about a portion of the People of the Book, one of
the women a Latina Shaku, you will find them, part of the People of the Book, more equal, more clinging to this life, loving this life, even more than the polytheists.
And that is something you know so Pamela, when you start thinking about he say this is amazing.
This is amazing because you're talking about a polytheist has not received a message from Allah He has no Book from Allah Subhana Allah died almost no guidance from Allah on the one hand, and one from the People of the Book who has a Book from Allah guidance from Allah. And Allah is telling us this person who has this guidance from Allah will love life more than the polytheist.
One of them, those who love this life so much from the people of the book would wish that they would work for would live for 1000 years.
And it's not going to save them from punishment. Even table for that long, even if his life is extended.
They say we wouldn't want to live for 1000 years. We'll live for 1000 years live for 2000 years lived for 10,000 years, but then what happens after you have to die afterwards?
You have to die afterwards.
So the ultimate consequences the same? Why are they like that? Why are we when we follow those footsteps? Why do we become like that?
Allah says Allah.
is it isn't it time for those who have a man for their hearts to be humble? before Allah subhana wa tada and to be humble for the truth that has been revealed to them and not be like the people who have been given the book before them for pod.
And won times have passed.
Boo Boo and their hearts hardened means that they have received
from Allah subhanho wa Taala. The message from Allah subhanho wa Taala came to them, and they understood it, but then they turned away from it. And they favored this life over it. And then that led them to alter the book of Allah and alter the commands of Allah subhana wa
koodo boom, their hearts have become hard
to watch and then after that your hearts have become so hard that they are like rock so even harder than rocks. That is our last panel data speak Indonesian that they come before us. But also Ally's speaking to us. When we talk about stuff like that and you say Oh yes, yes, this is not going to happen. I'm still young, I'm still healthy and wealthy and none of that is going to touch me. That is a sign of a hard heart that has turned away from the last panel that is not affected by the motivated by the reminders of Allah subhanho wa Taala that's why we become so cynical. All we know all of these things. You do not know all of these things. If you're not acting
upon it. If you're not following it, then you do not know it that's not knowledge in the sight of Allah subhanho wa Taala that's why when we talk about death and the remembrance and death we need to bring back that into our lives. And remember that we ourselves are going to die
and remember it and remind others with it.
Enough to simply remember it but as he said a lot he was in them said
remember it with frequency.
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remembering death is a corrective. It brings balance to our lives and it brings balance to the lives of the societies that we live in. And it is really especially hard to
When you're living in a culture or in a society that shuns dimension of death and the remembrance of death, because it is so focused on life, because it's so focused on capital and what generates capital is life, not death. So therefore is so focused on you're so focused on money, so focused on the healthy
that remembrance of death becomes an obstacle in the face of collecting money in the face of capitalism. So it is an important corrective to the life of the individual and to the life of society to remember that because death will tell you it's like a test it will tell you will teach you what is important and what is not. You will say to yourself, as you're living in this life, this thing seems so attractive, and it is attractive. This thing sounds so attractive, and it is very attractive. This thing tastes very tasty, it's very tasty. So it is very attractive. But if you want to understand if it is truly attractive, and the sight of Allah, if it is actually attracted retest
into the equation in certain tests, and then we evaluate this thing that I think is attractive, and then put that in it would then be beneficial. When it tells me with Allah subhana wa tada when I meet him, or will it be him against me? This thing that sounds too attractive, that it is pulling me away from my religion, my family, my friends, and all of that. It is truly attracted insert death, and say I'm going to die that thing? will it stay with me? Or will it leave me? Will it decay? And after it decays? As you're living you want to decay? What age? Will it were or not? And after that happens? Will I stay be and still be fond of it or not? Will I change or not? When I'm going to die?
Will it come with me or not? When I stand before a lie? Is it with me or not? When you ask yourself these questions, you'll be able to judge if this thing is important or not.
That's why Allah subhanho wa Taala tells you in the Quran, that a Muslim woman is better than an unbelieving woman, even if the non believing woman is one that you admire and love. Even if so, because what you admire and God what your eyes are attracted to what your senses are attracted to, you could be very deceptive to counter that deception. Bring in death.
Bring in your own mortality. Now I'm going into the grave.
Is this thing going to help me there inside the grave when I stand before Allah or not? Then you will understand the true value of this life and the true value of everything in it. And you'll encounter the deception of the shaitaan. You might ask, how could we remember that?
How do we remember it?
Well, first of all,
read the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Because the more that you read it, the more that you will find that that Allah is reminding you of it couldn't have seen that. Every soul is going to taste death. I no matter
wherever you may be, death will catch you.
Even if you are in fourth and fortified buildings, high buildings. Even if you're trying to protect yourself, you're going to be
in a coma.
You are going to die sneak into Mohamed Salah to send them and they're going to die. Allah subhanaw taala talks about it frequently. So you read the book of your Lord that He had sent to you, Allah who remind you of death, read the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and he will remind you of death.
And we've talked about some of these Ahadi.
Also, consider the signs that Allah subhana wa tada had placed around you one of them we already have talked about the daily cycle of sleep and wakefulness. Whenever you sleep that is a reminder of death whenever you lay down and up if you've seen a person who's dead, you could say that that person is simply sleeping. If you've seen Sometimes a person who's sleeping you wonder is he dead or not. There are a lot made these two states close to each other, not identical but close to each other. So whenever you're going to go to sleep and when you wake up from it. That is a sign of death and resurrection. here Allah subhanho wa Taala is reminding you you're dying every day and I'm
bringing you back to life.
So that is a another way of you remembering death and reminding others of death, the sign also around us of the changing of the seasons.
What Allah says Allah
for June, Allah subhanaw taala brings life to earth after it has its death. And so is your resurrection and the season we see the death of plants.
In winter, don't we,
we see life around us and it dies, it goes away.
That is a reminder of death. So we have to be awake,
we have to be awake, we have to be aware, pay attention to the signs of Allah subhanho wa Taala. One of the differences between those who believe in Allah and those who do not, those who are close to Allah and those who are not is that they notice a lot signs.
They pay attention, and they learn from it. So you they notice the depth of everything around them, then in this season, now we're in the spring season, and you will start seeing plant life coming back to life, that is a sign of resurrection. And that is also a sign of death. So when you see these things around you
it is there to lead us it's a sign or it's a signal or a symbol to something that is greater, it is there to teach us a lesson.
visit the graves because it will remind you of the hereafter.
And that is a probably assume that that we do not practice as much or as often as we should, whether it is a cemetery that belongs to Muslims or non Muslims visited from time to time, because there you'll be able to walk and it will remind you
of the hereafter. And if it's a non Muslim cemeteries, however, you'll be able to read the name
when they were born, where they passed away, and this is a life. This is a human being who was just like you.
They were just like you, they hope just like you they collected money just like you they fought and they laugh, just like you know, where are they under the ground, and you're standing above them. And you think about it. And you'll think you know, a few years on out how many years I will be right there and somebody will be above and they will look at me and they will say somebody who was here on this earth, and he was laughing and smiling and now he's under on how we know he's above. And that's how this life is. So we're really teach you the value of this life when you go to the cemetery to the graves and visit them. So this is something that will wake us up.
Especially when you find that your heart is hard. When life around you is very tight.
go and visit and Allah subhana wa tada will teach you something. And the last thing that I want to mention today as a way of reminding ourselves of death is visit visiting the sick, visiting the sick. And this imply for instance, every sick person is going to die. And that's not the intention, you know, by which we go to visit the sick No, but it will remind us of the frailty of this slide
of how temporary this slide is you go to visit a sick person, and it says sooner and it is the right upon is that we visit them and there is such a huge great reward in it. And all over profits, all you send them said that 70,000 angels will solder upon you. If you visited in the morning till the evening they will send something out upon you. If you do it in the evening till the morning they'll send solder upon you 70,000 angels just because you visiting a sick person.
So we do it for that the way that we do it to comfort that person. But we also do it to learn something from it to come back with something from it, we go to a person we see them sick, and they were healthy before. And we say see that this could happen to any of us at any time. And this could happen to me. Priorities can change hearts them soften
our understanding shifts and we can then become closer to Allah subhana wa tada when this happens. So brothers and sisters, you know, let me remind myself first and then remind you, Allah subhanho wa Taala had created us for a purpose and gave us a specific time a limited time on this earth and it's going to expire every one of us, our time is going to expire. So before that happens before we need the angels of Allah before we wish for extra life where Extra Life is not going to be given. Let us take advantage of whatever is left from our lives and let us take advantage of every day. The law gives us if Allah gives us that day, put something in it like a deposit in the bank, put something
in it that you will see when you meet Allah subhanho wa Taala
and if Allah subhanho wa Taala then takes you so you can meet Allah subhanho wa Taala knowing that you've done your best, but if we are negligent
then what's going to happen is going to be painful. So let us try to avoid that. And let us remember death as frequently as a lot of you sit on wanted us to so we ask Allah subhana wa tada Allah Yeah, cut me off man. We are
makers of those who remember that often gala makers of those who prepare themselves before they meet you. They are law makers of those who prepare themselves before they meet you. make them think ourselves be part of those who prepare themselves before they meet you. He ALLAH forgive all of our sins and the sins of all of the Muslims, he ALLAH forgive our sins and the sins of all of the Muslims, he ALLAH forgive our sins, and the sins of all of the Muslims, he Allah, those who are repentant to you, he Allah because of those who are repentant to you, you Allah because of those who are repentant to increase a man in our hearts, soften our hearts and increase even in our hearts,
soften our hearts and increase a man in our hearts. You'll love me because of those who are close to you, your law makers of those who are close to you, your love because of those who are close to you, your law we ask you for heaven and everything that brings us near to it. And we seek your protection from Hellfire and everything that brings us near to it.
And we asked you for all the good in this life and in the Hereafter, and we seek your refuge from all evil in this life and in the Hereafter. And we asked you for the best that your profits in the long run you send them and asked you for and we seek refuge from the worst that your profits have a lot of us in them had sought refuge from a local minister who can
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