Death Is Beautiful - An Interesting
Conversation Or an Encounter With A Mujahid?
22 Feb 2012
By Al-Ikhwah Al-Mujahidun
There was an
interesting conversation between an Ustadz and the
jama'ah (congregation) of his religious
teaching consisting of senior women. The Ustadz asked
"Do you Ma'ams want
to enter paradise?"
All the women answered in unison,
The Ustadz asked again,
"Don't you Ma'ams
want to die today?"
No one answered. Apparently, not even a person wished
With a smile, the Ustadz said,
"Then, how can we go
to paradise, if we are never dead". The Ustadz
continued his question,
"Do you Ma'ams want
me to pray for your long life?"
Enthusiastically, they all answered,
The Ustadz asked again,
"How long do you Ma'ams want to live? A hundred years?
Two hundred or even a thousand years?
Even the 80-year old people are already looking
awkward, not to mention those who are over a hundred
years of age."
It turned out that the questions just now did not end
there. The Ustadz still kept on asking,
"Ma'ams, do you love
The answer could be guessed. The senior women
simultaneously answered yes.
The Ustadz then said,
"Usually when a person falls in love, he/she always
long to met with his/her lover, don't you Ma'ams
already long to meet with Allah?"
Silence. No one answered.
Most of us are horrified to talk about death. Forget
about talking about it, we do not even dare to imagine
it. It is because we are not prepared to face the
events after death. Whereas, either prepared or not,
we would certainly go through it. Ready or not ready,
death will surely come to greet us. Rather than being
evasive always, it is better that from now on we start
to prepare ourselves to encounter death.
The best preparation is to always remember death.
Convince ourselves that death is a door toward Allah.
Death is the route to a beautiful place, paradise. By
always remembering death, we will always strive to
make every action that we do as a step toward the
paradise that is full of bliss.
The essence of the human life is a journey back toward
Allah. In this brief journey, there are those who
return safely, but there are also those who are lost
in hell. We are too preoccupied with the
to the point that we feel that it is this
dunya that is
the real life. We seem to forget that this life is
only a transit to seek provisions home. The luster
beauty of this dunya
make us sound asleep to tread on the path home.
Rasulullah once said that the smartest person is the
one who always remember death. In other words, the
smartest person is the one who has vision far into the
future. By always remembering his vision and the
purpose of his life, he will always be passionate in
stepping ahead. The vision of a Muslim is not only
limited to the life in this world but more than that,
his vision is far away crossing the boundary of the
life in this world. The vision of a Muslim is to
return and meet with Allah. For him, the moments of
death are the beautiful moments because he will soon
meet with the beloved who has been sorely missed.
Sometimes we fear of dying because death will separate
us with our loved ones. Parents, siblings,
husband/wife, children, this shows that we love them
more than Allah. If we truly love Allah, then death is
like a loving invitation from Allah.
However, we should not ask to die. Dying in vain and
without an apparent cause will instead distance us
from Allah. The suicide death is a manifestation of
the despair over Allah's compassion. Wanting to die
very soon due to the difficulties of the world
signifies that we want to escape from the realities of
life. A good death is to die in an attempt to be a
mercy for the whole universe. Dying in an attempt to
bring about the greatest ideals, namely the peace and
well-being of the human race.
Finally, the ones who are saved are those who realize
that all the wealth and power are the means to get
back to Allah. Their bodies might be soaked in tears,
drenched in sweats, working hard to subdue the world
but their hearts remain only tied to the beloved,
Allah SWT. The most important is, how we can work
hard, think smart and have a sincere heart.
O Owner of the dunya!
Teach us how to subdue the
of us being subservient to the
the glitters of the
dunya bedazzle our view, when the abundance of
the world jewels thrill our hearts, remind us O Allah!
Remind that Your pleasure and Your compassion are
greater than the mere
dunya which will be left behind for certain.