Assalamualaikum (Peace Be Upon You)
In the name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful
We think how many times through out our day, that we are young, healthy, strong and death cannot reach us? How many times a day, do we believe that we cannot die because the way we are living and we are young? We workout, we eat right, death cannot possibly happen already, can it? I am only 25, I am young. Only the old die, that is the mentality that most of have right?
Death can approach us at anytime. When we are asleep, walking down the street. Smiling 5 minutes ago and then dead the next. Death is promised for you and I. The infant, the child, the teen, the adult and the old. Tomorrow is not promised. Based on our actions, we don’t know whether we will end up in jahannum (hell) or jannah (heaven). Reflect on all the things you did and ask yourself, where will I end up when I die? Have I done enough to enter into paradise or have I done nothing at all, to please my creator and my place is definitely in the hell fire? Now, we may say no one knows where I’ll end up and who knows what deeds I’ve done that will grant me paradise but if your actions are saying so little, where is your place? Now, we may also say, my creator knows what it is in my heart but again, if your actions are saying so little, where is your place in your mind?
Always prove to your creator that you are striving for jannah. Again, anyone can say, my creator knows what is in my heart but if your actions are showing nothing at all, it means nothing. A person can wear a suit and claim they are a boss. A person can ride around in an expensive, luxurious car and say, I am rich but nothing has been proven. It’s only an image of who they might want to be. A mirror must reflect not only the image on the outside but also on the inside, it must be proven and not only be said. It must be complete both ways, on the outside and in the inside. Be aware of death, as it strikes everyone and all ages.
No one is safe from death. So be prepared and strive in every possible way to please no one else but your creator. The dunya (world) is merely an illusion, a place of confusion of what is halal (permissible) and what is haram (forbidden) and shaytan is always waiting to divert you from the Siraatal-Mustaqiim (the straight path). Be aware that this dunya is a prison for the believer and paradise for the non-believer. Those who enjoy the dunya and all that is forbidden in it, while diverting from the straight path, will indeed set themselves up for disappointment as to whatever is bad to come from this, has come from their own doings. Strive for jannah, ask for forgiveness. Be aware of death. One day, you and I will be prayed over and then carried through a gathering of people, lifeless, no where to go but to meet our creator. Whether we are young or old, age does not promise you tomorrow.
“Wherever ye are death will find you out even if ye are in towers built up strong and high!” (Qur’an: Al-Nisa Chapter 4 – Verse 78)