Preparing For Death (Part II)

You have been chasing something quite volatile. You do not even turn to look at what will remain eternally. Indeed, you have been running away from it! If a person's death has no value, his life has no vaule, either. Death is loved because it takes one to Allahu ta'ala. If I love a person, I love his staying here as well as his death. Will a lover not want to meet his beloved? When Hadrat Azrail [1] 'alaihis-salam' (Angel of Death) asked the Prophet Ibrahim 'alaihis-salam' for permission to take away his soul, Hadrat Ibrahim said, "Will a lover take away his beloved one's soul?" But when Allahu ta'ala sent a message through Hadrat Azrail 'alaihis-salam,' saying, "Will a lover shirk from meeting his beloved one?", Hadrat Ibrahim invoked, "O my Allah! Take away my soul at once!"

For a Believer who obeys Allah's commandments, nothing is more pleasing than death. A Believer who loves attaining to Allahu ta'ala will wish for death. Death is a bridge that leads a lover to his beloved. The desire to meet the beloved is a great and high grade. A Believer who has attained this grade will not wish for death to be delayed. Longing for Allahu ta'ala, he will wish to attain to Him, to see Him. A person who loves Paradise and prepares himself for Paradise will love death. For, without death Paradise is inaccessible.

A person's iman [2] is determined at his last breath. Once a person has attained this greatest of fortunes, Allahu ta'ala's blessings begin to come upon him. At that moment he certainly becomes happy. The fortunate person is such that Hadrat Azrail 'alaihis-salam' comes to him and says, "Don't be afraid. You are going to the Arhamurrahimin (the most compassionate of the compassionate). You are arriving in your own home. You are attaining to a great fortune!" For such a person there is no other day more honoured than this. This world is a stopover. Compared with the other world, it is a dungeon. This transient being is only a vision. Like a shadow, it gradually recedes, and goes away. A hadith-i sharif [3] declares, "Men are asleep. They will wake up when they are dead." Life in this world is like a dream. With the awakening of death the dream will be over, and the real life will commence. A Muslim's death is life, eternal life!

[1] Hadrat: title of respect used before the names of great people like and Islamic scholars.
[2] iman: faith, belief, beliefs of Islam; kalam, i'tiqad.
[3] hadith (sharif): i) a saying of the Prophet ('alaihi 's-salam).; al-Hadith ash-sharif: all the hadiths as a whole; ii) 'ilm al-hadith; iii) Books of the hadith ash-sharif. iv) Al-hadith al-qudsi, as-sahih, al-hasan: kinds of hadiths (for which, see Endless Bliss, II).