Death:No Escape

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“It is He who has created life and death, so that He may test which of
you is best in deed” (Surah Al- Mulk 67:2).

There is no cure for death. A cure for cancer exists, a cure for AIDS exists and a cure for every other disease exists, except death. The Messenger of Allaah (saws) said: ‘Allaah has not created a disease
except that He has created a cure for it, except for a single disease
… old age”

Death is that harsh reality which is faced by every human who lives. It is the one thing which we will all experience – be we men, women,Muslims, Christians, Blacks, Whites or any other type of person on
this earth. It is something which does not discriminate. It is that long journeys end by which the righteous will benefit from, and the unrighteous will suffer from. It is the return to the One who has created this phenomenon so that He, may judge us all for what we have done.

However, death is no longer remembered amongst mankind, unless a relative or a loved one passes away. And even then, tears are shed for a brief time before we forget again about this reality. We see it as something far off in the horizon, which will not touch us for a long time to come. But whilst we enjoy the pleasures and comforts of life, death comes ever nearer to the soul. It creeps up on us like a shadow in the night, when we least expect it. Every breath we take, every move we make it comes closer:

“Indeed they see it as distant, but We see it as near” (Surah
Al-Ma’arij 70:6-7).
It is something which is truly in the hands of Allaah.

This life and all its desires and pleasures will indeed be cut off by death, as the Messenger of. Allaah (saws) described it as: “… The destroyer of desires” [6]. And which desire can be greater, then the
false desire which all these people have of living forever on this earth.


 So how does Islam view this reality? As Muslims we have been told by our Messenger (saws) that this world is a transitionary period. The Prophet (saws) said: “Live in this world as if you are a stranger or a
traveller ” [7]. This life is not meant to be an abode of settlement by which we gather all the pleasures possible and make plans for a permanent residence. Rather, it should be like a long journey on which
we gather all that we need to get to our destination. This destination being the Hereafter and death the journeys end.

Allaah says:“But truly the home of the hereafter is the actual life, if only they
knew” (Surah Al-Ankaboot 29:64).

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