Before The Final Awakening

Last night I came to know about the death of one of my classmates. He had a heart attack and died in his sleep. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’alaa) bestow His Mercy upon him.
I was saddened by the news but worse was when I got to know that he had died while sleeping. SubhanAllah, once again I was slapped by this bitter reality of life.
We hear such news and somehow secretly assume that it’s not going to happen to me. Something deludes us in to believing that calamities, tests, diseases or death are for others. Why? Simply, because I like to think that since I’m blessed now, it will always remain the same? What deludes me? My own self and Shaitan. 

Try thinking about it. Make yourself believe that you won’t see tomorrow or tonight you will be in your grave alone with your deeds in that small and dark pit. Try to really picture yourself. Most likely you will be distracted by other thoughts or by a cunning whisper within, repeating, ‘You still have time, you’re still young,’ and the thought of acquiring the worldly pleasures will replace this inevitable reality.
This is exactly what Shaitan wants; to preoccupy us to the extent that we forget ourselves and our purpose in the fake and temporary glitz and glamour of this world. Catastrophically, our well trained nafs, in order to feed its desires and lusts, allows Shaitan to delude us.
We tend to shun the thought of death because it makes us scared and uncomfortable but that unfortunately, will not change the reality. The only way is to prepare for it rather than running away from it.
Let’s not forget. No grave ever says, ‘For senior citizens only’.
Let’s wake up now and prepare for the reality before we are finally awakened, bi izn Allah.

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Maria K. Siddiqui

Maria is an artist, counselor and art therapist in training.