Preparing For Death (Part III)

A villager was told that he was going to die. He asked where he would go after he was dead. When they told him that he would go to Allahu ta'ala, he said, "I am no more afraid of death, which will take me to my Allah, who is the only source of benevolence."

When Mevlana Celaleddin-i-Rumi (quddisa sirruh) saw Hadrat Azrail [1], he said, "Come quickly, o my dear, come quickly. Take me to my Allah, quickly!"

Every Muslim has to prepare himself for death. For doing this he must do tawba [2] (penance). He must be extra careful not to remain under the obligation of human rights. That is, he must pay the rights and dues to their owners and please their hearts. It is necessary also to pay Allah's rights. The most important of these rights is to carry out Islam's five commandments. A person who does not perform the salat has not paid Muslims' rights. For, during the sitting postures of each salat it is our duty to pray for Believers by saying, "Wa 'ala 'ibadillahissalihin." Those who do not perform the salat deprive Believers of this prayer by not saying this prayer, which is Believers' right.

[1] Hadrat: title of respect used before the names of great people like and Islamic scholars.
[2] tawba: (after committing a sin) to repent, to promise Allah not to do it again, to entreat Him for forgiveness. Everyone does his tawba by himself.