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Lessons from the Death of the Master of Humanity

Wednesday 04/01/2012

Sufficient is death as a warner. It is the will of Allah The Almighty that death is the inevitable end of every human being, no matter how long he lives, and whatever his position in life may be. It is the norm of life, which Allah The Almighty expresses by Saying (what means): 

·        {And We did not grant to any man before you eternity [on earth]; so if you die — would they be eternal? Every soul will taste death. And We test you with evil and with good as trial; and to Us you will be returned.} [Quran 21: 34, 35].

·        {Indeed, you are to die, and indeed, they are to die.} [Quran 39: 30].

 
Thus, Prophet Muhammad,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), who is the best of all humanity, died after he suffered the agonies of death and the pangs of illness. If people become aware of this great fact, they will then realize the true meaning of slavery and monotheism.Consequently, they will completely surrender to Allah The Almighty, obey His every injunction and prepare themselves for death by increasing their good deeds. If people recognize the inevitability of death,they will sincerely perform their acts of worship in all fields of life, especially in applying the law of Islam, and struggling to achieve this, because Allah The Almighty restrains (people from committing sins) by means of authority what He does not restrain by the Quran. He, The Almighty, Says (what means): {Does He who created not know, while He is the Subtle, the Acquainted?} [Quran 67: 14].
 
Perhaps we think that we are immortal, or we may imagine that despite all our bad deeds, we will be honored by Allah The Almighty on the Day of Resurrection. How far removed from reality are such thoughts! We should be aware that we will be brought to the Hellfire, and only the righteous people will be saved.Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {And there is none of you except he will come to it. This is upon your Lord an inevitability decreed. Then We will save those who feared Allâh and leave the wrongdoers within it, on their knees.} [Quran 19: 71, 72].
 
Thus, every person should contemplate over his position: is he nearer to those who fear Allah The Almighty or the wrongdoers. Look at yourself after you look at the biographies of the righteous predecessors and see how much they feared Allah The Almighty despite all the righteous deeds they did. Look at the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), who was the master of Messengers, and the leader of the righteous people, and take a warning from his agonies and the pangs of death at his departure from life, and how his pain increased immediately before going to the Garden of Refuge.

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