Lonely, in total solitude, frightened, nothing but soil around me, a piece of cloth covering me, my bad deeds to my left, my good deeds to my right. What is there to hold on to? I will hear their cries, I will feel their pain, I will hear my Janaazah. What will I have held on to? Listening to the footsteps approaching closer n closer, their smell good or bad, their face wicked or pleasing, the questions will begin…
“Mar-Rabbuka” (Who is your Creator)?
“Maa Deenuka” (What is your faith)?
“Maa Kunta Taqoolu Fee Haazar Rajul” (What did you use to say about him)?
Inevitability of death is frightening, but lets’ face it, its reality.
We can’t escape from the natural phenomenon that we all have to experience, yet we try so hard to cling on to our life and body and as a result developing this sense of attachment to this temporary world. As death comes closer we deeply evince ourselves into much concern for our precious health, wealth, family, status that the thought of separating ones heart from the body becomes unbearable though unavoidable. We must not forget our ultimate destiny lies with Allah (swt)… live a life that is influenced by whats beyond the grave.
The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said:
“There is a Surah in the book of Allah it is but thirty passages which intercedes for a man on the day of judgment so that he taken out of the fire and entered into paradise; it is Surah the Blessed.”*
“It is a protector; a rescuer; saving from the chastisement of the grave.”**
Surah al Mulk, the protector from the torment of the grave
This Surah holds so much importance for the believers to reflect on. Don’t we all wish to have something to hold on to when everything is left behind when we die? Surah Mulk intercedes for us on the Day of Judgement and disputes for us until we enter Jannah. InshaAllah
“The grave is a container of the deeds; but one realises it only after death.” – Hazrat Ali (RA)
*Abu Dawud 1400, At-Tirmidhi 2891 and Ibn Majah 3876.
**At-Tirmidhi and Al-Hakim.