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Thursday, 28 June 2012

Time's up - Death note

And for every nation is a [specified] term. So when their time has come, they will not remain behind an hour, nor will they precede [it].” [7:34]


A constant reminder, for those who are granted more time on this earth, that we will perish one day. The time is not ours, yet we still feel it is never enough, and somehow we wasted it. It is like, we borrowed some books from the library, yet we don’t even use it. Plus, there is duration for it. But in this matter, we borrowed it from The Creator. And death, is the only way it would be expired. Now, why wasted it? To return back the time that were lent to us is by utilize it well. ‘Well’ here is defined as anything with the intention is only for Al-lah. Should you ask why? To feed the purpose on why Allah creates us and give us His time. Aren’t we’re created just to worship Him? So that’s it. Allah gives us His time, just for us to worship Him in this life, not to waste it.

“When we are born azan is given but no solat. When we die solat is prayed but no azan. The azan given at the time of our birth is the azan, for the solat prayed at the time of our death. That’s how short life is, the time between azan and so-lat.”

And then you die.

You no longer feel anything. You don’t even feel the ache. You no longer wish and plan and live. You are dead. Your limbs just can’t perform anymore actions; flexion, extension and etc. Even the neurons do not receive and transmit any impulse anymore. It’s not that you have kind of multiple sclerosis or what, you are just dead. And your heart no longer pumps existence into your cells in that you may breathe in and out. You are dead. Allah honors you with a community that can pray for your mercy. Allah honors you with loved ones that mourn for your loss. Allah honors you, even after your departure, by instilling grace in the hearts of men who may or may have not ever met you but pray for your safe. But then, we should remember, as time pass by, we will be forgotten. The one who mourn for our loss will then eventually start to busy with his own works again. Because we are no longer live, and no longer to be remembered.

Imam Malik Ibn Anas saw the Death Angel (Malak al-Maut) in his sleep, and the Imam asked him: “How much left for me to live?”The Angel pointed out to him with his five fingers opening his hand-palm. Then the Imam asked him: “Does that mean five years, or five months, or five days?” Before the Imam had a chance to get an answer back, he woke up. He immediately rushed to make his wudhu and pray two rak’at. He waited but nothing happened. He prayed al-Fajr and he waited. He prayed al-Duha and yet again nothing happened. The Imam went to Muhammad Ibn Sirin, a well -known interpreter of dreams. That man told him: “Ya Imam Malik, when the Angel pointed out to you with his five fingers, he did not mean five years or months or days. The Angel meant that your question was among the five matters that only Allah knows about.” 

And then, he recited that ayah

“Indeed, Allah [alone] has knowledge of the Hour and sends down the rain and knows whatis in the wombs. And no soul perceives what it will earn tomorrow, and no soul perceives in what land it will die. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” [31:34]

When are we going to wake up brothers and sisters? When are we going to snap out of this lucid dream of a dunya and realize the existence of Allah is reality? When will we realize that our lifestyles don’t, in anyway, remind us of Allah? When will we realize that our righteous deeds and our evil deeds will be the only thing we’ll bring us to the grave? When will we realize that this life of shamelessness will only corrupt us? When will we awaken ourselves to the fact that we’re living in the soci-ety of entertainment, distraction, and useless temptation? We need to wake up now. Like, seriously, right now. We need to be mindful now, because if we’re brain dead now, we’ll only be awakening when the reality of death hits us. Ask our-selves, what if I die during this act? What if I die during deciding this? What if I die having this intention? What if My Lord meets me in this state? ... and then what?
Everyone would like to die in ‘husnul khatimah’ isn’t it? But then, we won’t know when will we die, and even where will it be. We just don’t know. Yes, we can’t choose how we die, but we can choose how we live. Wallahua’lam.

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