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    Note: You will notice that the verses from the Holy Quran in Bold black.

    Death is something that most of us dont think about, especially in our youth...cause we feel like we have our whole lives to make up for the wrongs we have committed...Its only when we lose a loved one do we feel near death and reflect on it....wondering what lies for them (and sooner or later us) after this world. The following is an essay discussing the details of the life of the grave and the life in the Hereafter. The better informed we are about them, the better Insha Allah we can prepare for them in this world.


    The Journey
    By Huma Ahmad

    Imagine yourself at the moment of your death.
    What thoughts cross your mind? Memories of family and friends?
    Panic? Regrets? Remembrance of Allah? What is death? What happens to us after we die? What is life in the Hereafter like, this new and strange world after death? Do we lose consciousness of this life? Where does our soul go? Do we feel and think the same?

    The ineffable feeling of crossing the boundary between this world and the next cannot be described in words, nor imagined in the mind, but can be understood only through divine revealation and inspiration.Let us for the next few moments seek an understanding of this, death, the only certainty in life.

    Sometimes we may not want to know about the processes that occur after we die because we are afraid or don't want to think about it. However, this is not the attitude of a Muslim. We should be foremost in learning and understanding death, so we can live our! lives accordingly. The prophet (saw) said, "Live in this world as though you are a stranger or a traveler (passing through it)." [Muslim] We are on a journey and should know about the whole journey's itinerary,not just one part.

    Death is inevitable. It is the one thing that we can be certain
    about in life. We are born to die. Every soul shall have a taste of
    death no matter who they are. This is confirmed for us many times in the Quran:

    "Every soul shall have a taste of death: and only on the Day of
    Judgement shall you be paid your full recompense."
    (Quran 3:185)

    "Every soul shall have a taste of death: and We test you by evil and by good, by way of trial. To Us must you return." (21:35)

    "Every soul shall have a taste of death: In the end to Us shall you be brought back." (29:57)

    Death is not pure annihilation, but rather both the living and dead
    are aware, but there is a difference that can't ! be compared. Death is merely movement from one world to another. It can be described as a journey through a wormhole to a separate dimension of existence.

    We begin this journey in our mother's wombs. 120 days after
    conception the soul is blown into the fetus. Narrated 'Abdullah bin
    Mus'ud: "Allah's Apostle, the true and truly inspired said, '(The
    matter of the Creation of) a human being is put together in the womb of the mother in forty days, and then he becomes a clot of thick blood for a similar period, and then a piece of flesh for a similar period. Then Allah sends an angel who is ordered to write four things. He is ordered to write down his (i.e. the new creature's) deeds, his livelihood, his (date of) death, and whether he will be blessed or wretched (in religion). Then the soul is breathed into him'"[Bukhari]

    We have no choice in who our parents are, our race, color or
    nationality. "He it is ! Who shapes you in the wombs as He pleases. There is no god but He, The Exalted in Might, The Wise." (3:6) Allah knows all of this before our birth even, but we still continue our journey to fulfill our destiny.

    The next part of our trip begins after we are born. This is the life
    of this world, in which we now reside and are familiar with. We may stay at this station for a few seconds or as long as 100 years or more. Here we grow up and acquire the means to happiness or misery. We are given the ability to make choices after the age of puberty and we will later be punished or rewarded based upon them. Allah gives each of us the natural Fitrah, knowledge of good and bad as well as
    right and wrong. The rest is up to us. As the Quran says, "By the Soul, and the proportion and order given to it, and its enlightenment as to its wrong and its right--Truly he succeeds that purifies it, and he fails that corrupts it!" (91:7-10)
    In this life, the soul and the body are together except during sleep when the soul may leave the body and come back in the morning or Allah may take the soul at that time. "It is Allah that takes the souls at death; and those that die not (He takes) during their sleep: those on whom He has passed the decree of death, He keeps back (from returning to life), but the rest He sends (to their bodies) for a term appointed. Verily in this are Signs for those who reflect." (39:42) It is indeed something to be pondered; that we die each night and Allah gives us another chance at life when we wake up the nextday.

    We also find continuous biological processes of life and death during this time. In every cell, organ or system of organs, life and death is occuring. There are several hundreds of thousands of enzymatic reactions that take place in the body every fraction of a second. Some of these biochemical reactions are used to! synthesize livingmaterials while others are either used to synthesize dead materials or to get rid of living materials. "You (Allah) bring the Living out of the Dead, and You bring the Dead out of the Living" (3:27)

    This part of our journey ends as our death begins.

    No one knows where, how and when he or she will die. "Verily, the knowledge of the hour is with Allah (alone). It is He who sends down rain, and He who knows what is in the wombs, nor does anyone know what it is that he will earn on the morrow. Nor does anyone know in what land he is to die. Verily, with Allah is full knowledge and He is acquainted (with all things.)" (31:34) Nor does anyone have the right to take his or her own life. If they do they will automatically go to Hell. The One who gave life is the only one who has the right to take life.

    "We hear and we obey. Forgive us, our Lord!
    To You is the journey's end."

    "Every soul shall ha! ve a taste of death: and only on the Day of Judgement shall you be paid your full recompense. Only he who is savefar from the Fire and admitted to the Garden will have attained the object (of Life): For the life of this world is but goods andchattels of deception" (3:185)

    Sources: "The Soul's Journey after Death" by Layla Mabrouk
    "Death and Dying" by Dr. Ahmad Sakr
    "The World of the Angels" by Sh. Abdul Hamid Kishk
    "A Treasury of Ahadith"by Dr. Mazhar U. Kazi
    Quran Al-Kareem trans. Abdullah Yusuf Ali

    To Be continued......
    Last edited by Bittersweet; 02-18-2004 at 03:39 PM.

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