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Death: The Ultimate Visitor

EsinIslam Ramadan Explorer

O beloved brother: Do you know who the ultimate visitor is?! Do you know what he wants from visiting and meeting with you?! What does he ask from you?!

He did not come in pursuit of your money, or to share your food and drink, or to make you help him pay off his debt, or to intercede to anyone, or that you may help in passing a transaction he was unable to do.

This Visitor has come to you for a limited defined mission and a specific issue. Neither you nor your family or your tribe, not even all the inhabitants of the earth can turn him away without accomplishing his mission.

However, if you are living in palaces, or have entrenched yourself in invincible fortresses or solid towers, if you are enjoying the protection of guards and chamberlains, you cannot prevent him from entering upon you, or meeting with you, and settling his account with you!!

To enter upon you, he does not need doors, permission or an appointment before coming. He will come to you at any time and on any condition; if you are working or at leisure, you are healthy or ill, rich or poor, traveling or staying.

This visitor, O beloved brother, does not have a tender heart to be affected by your words and weeping, or perhaps your screams and imploring. He is not in a position to give you time to review your calculations, and to look into your matters!!

He also does not accept a gift or a bribe, because the entire money of the world is worth nothing to him, and it does not turn him away from what he came to accomplish.

He wants you and nothing else. He wants all of you, not just a part of you. He wants to terminate and relinquish you. He wants your death, taking your soul, annihilating you and your body.

It is the Angel of Death!!

Allah Almighty has said: {Say: ''The angel of death, who is set over you, will take your souls. Then you shall be brought to your Lord.''} [Surat As-Sajdah 32:11]

{قُلْ يَتَوَفَّاكُم مَّلَكُ الْمَوْتِ الَّذِي وُكِّلَ بِكُمْ ثُمَّ إِلَىٰ رَبِّكُمْ تُرْجَعُونَ} السجدة: 11

Transliteration: Qul yatawaffakum malaku almawti allathee wukkila bikum thumma ilarabbikum turjaAAoona

He, the Almighty has also said: {until when death approaches one of you, Our Messengers (angel of death and his assistants) take his soul, and they never neglect their duty.} [Surat Al-An'âm 6:61]

{...حَتَّىٰ إِذَا جَاءَ أَحَدَكُمُ الْمَوْتُ تَوَفَّتْهُ رُسُلُنَا وَهُمْ لَا يُفَرِّطُونَ} الأنعام: 61

Transliteration: hattaitha jaa ahadakumu almawtu tawaffathu rusuluna wahum la yufarritoona

The train of life

Dear brother: do you not know that the visit of the Angel of Death is inevitable predestined fate? Whatever long or short your life is?

Do you not know that we are all traveler in this life and that the traveler has almost reached his final destination?

Do not you know that the life cycle is about to stop, and that the train of life has become near to its final station?!

Some righteous people heard the weeping over a dead person and said: O how strange of the traveling people crying over the passenger who has reached his house!!

I seek refuge, dear brother, that you would be one of those who {Then how (will it be) when the angels will take their souls at death, smiting their faces and their backs} [Surat Muhammad 47:27]

{فَكَيْفَ إِذَا تَوَفَّتْهُمُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ يَضْرِبُونَ وُجُوهَهُمْ وَأَدْبَارَهُمْ} محمد: 27

Transliteration: Fakayfa itha tawaffathumu almalaikatu yadriboona wujoohahum waadbarahum

or among {''Those whose lives the angels take while they are doing wrong to themselves (by disbelief and by associating partners in worship with Allâh and by committing all kinds of crimes and evil deeds).'' Then, they will make (false) submission (saying): ''We used not to do any evil.'' (The angels will reply): ''Yes! Truly, Allâh is All-Knower of what you used to do. (28) ''So enter the gates of Hell, to abide therein, and indeed, what an evil abode will be for the arrogant.''} Surat An-Nahl 16:28-29]

{الَّذِينَ تَتَوَفَّاهُمُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ ظَالِمِي أَنفُسِهِمْ ۖ فَأَلْقَوُا السَّلَمَ مَا كُنَّا نَعْمَلُ مِن سُوءٍ ۚ بَلَىٰ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ عَلِيمٌ بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ ﴿٢٨﴾ فَادْخُلُوا أَبْوَابَ جَهَنَّمَ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا ۖ فَلَبِئْسَ مَثْوَى الْمُتَكَبِّرِينَ} النحل: 28-29

Transliteration: Allatheena tatawaffahumu almalaikatu thalimee anfusihim faalqawoo alssalama ma kunna naAAmalu min sooin bala inna Allaha AAaleemun bima kuntum taAAmaloona (28) Faodkhuloo abwaba jahannama khalideena feeha falabisa mathwa almutakabbireena

Dear brother: do you not know that by the visit of the Angel of Death, your life has ended, your deeds have ceased and your book of deeds is folded?

Do you not know that after visiting you, you cannot gain even one reward?

So brother: where is your preparation for meeting the Angel of Death? Where is your preparation for what comes beyond the visit: horrors in the grave and upon the questioning, the gathering, the resurrection, the reckoning and the scaling; upon the flying written pages of deeds, passing by the Path and standing before the Hands of the Compeller, Glorified and Exalted?

Dear brother: hold yourself accountable when you are alone. Think about the speed with which your life vanishes. Work hard and well.

How can we receive the ultimate visitor?

1 – By believing in Allah and His angels, His Books, His Messengers, the Last Day, and fate whether good and evil.

2 – By observing the five daily prayers.

3 – By paying the Zakat (alms giving).

4 – By fasting Ramadan out of faith and hoping for the reward of Allah.

5 – By the accepted Hajj as it has no reward but Paradise.

6 – By the performance of optional acts of worship.

7 – By hastening to repentance from all sins and evils.

8 – by devotion to Allah Almighty and quitting hypocrisy.

9 – By loving Allah and His Messenger, which can only be achieved by following the Prophet, Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.

10 – By loving for the sake of Allah and hating for the sake of Allah.

11 – By fearing the Majestic, and working according the Revelation, settling for less, and preparing for the Day of Departure.

12 – By patience at afflictions.

13 – By putting our good trust in Allah, glorified and exalted.

14 – By seeking the useful good words and to disseminate and teach them.

15 – By glorifying the holy Quran by learning and teaching it.

16 – By the Jihad in the way of Allah.

17 – By preserving the tongue from the forbidden.

18 – By keeping promises, and render back the trusts to those to whom they are due.

19 – By leaving adultery, drinking alcohol, and killing anyone whose killing Allah has forbidden, except for a just cause.

20 – By being scrupulous with food and drinks, and to avoid what is not permissible from them.

21 – By being dutiful to the parents and to keep the ties of kinship.

22 – By visiting the sick, the graves and attending funerals.

23 – By leave the prohibited clothing and fashion.

24 – By the commitment of women to the full Islamic Hijab.

25 – By economizing in expenditure, and maintaining the grace.

26 – By leaving hatred and envy.

27 – By enjoining Al-Ma'rűf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do) and forbidding Al-Munkar (polytheism and disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden).

28 – By justice among people, and cooperation in righteousness and piety.

29 – By abiding by good morals such as humility and compassion, forbearance and modesty.

30 – By fulfilling the rights of children and wives to the fullest.

31 – By greeting and greeting back with greeting of Islam (assalâmu-alaykum wa rahmatu Allah wa barakâtuh: peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you) and by saying: bless you to the sneezer.

32 – By asceticism in this worldly life and having short hopes before the end of life.

33 – By turning away from the idle talk, amusement and play.

34 – By jealousy over the honors and lowering the gaze from looking at forbidden things.

35 – By loving the companions of the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, and being innocent from hating or insulting them.

36 – By making terms of peace among people.

37 – By leaving the fortune-tellers and astrologers, sorcerers, soothsayers and the like.

38 – By the women's obedience to her husband.

39 – By leaving the innovation in religion or calling for falsehood and misguidance.

40 – By women leaving lengthening their hair falsely by wearing wigs, quitting making tattoos and plucking.

41 – By leaving spying on Muslims and the disclosure of their faults
 

EsinIslam Ramadan Team

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