BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
LOOKING for equality? Death does not discriminate between the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the strong and the weak. Everyone is equal in front of death, because no one has any means to escape it or use intercession to avoid it or even delay it.
“Say: Indeed, the death from which you flee will surely meet you, then you will be sent back to Allah, the All-Knower of the unseen and the seen. And He will then tell you what you used to do.” (Qur’an, 62:8)
“Every one is going to taste death. And We shall make a trial of you with evil and with good, and to Us will you be returned.” (Qur’an, 21:35)
Our hearts tremble with fear on the thought of this indispensable reality. A person’s actions are sealed with death and what comes after that is more fearful, because will there be a place where one can flee to in order to escape the afflictions suffered in the grave?
What will our reply be when we are questioned in the grave? None of us know where we will end up. Will it be Paradise whose width is like the heavens and the earth or will it be the Fire whose fuel is of men and stones?
Ibrahim ibn Adham (d. 160H) was asked about the verse, “Call upon Me and I will respond to you” [Ghafir/40: 60] and how people have called upon Allah but that Allah did not respond. Ibrahim replied thus:
“You know Allah; yet you do not obey Him.
You recite the Quran; yet you do not act according to it.
You know Syaitan; yet you continue agreeing with him.
You claim to love Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him); yet you
abandon his Sunnah.
You claim to love Paradise, yet you do not work for it.
You claim to fear the Fire; yet you do not stop sinning.
You say, ‘indeed death is true’; yet you have not prepared for it…
You busy yourselves with the faults of others; yet you do not look at
your own faults.
You eat the sustenance that Allah provides for you; yet you are not
grateful to Him.
And you bury your dead; yet you have not heeded its lesson.”
Islamia/The Brunei Times
Friday, 19 December 2014