We all get chances before death to walk on the Straight Path.
I was in the car with my mum and my brother while we were out for shopping.
Suddenly, an explosion took place. Our car was trapped in the parking lot, and I knew that was the end. I read the Kalimah and Ayatul Kursi, and I had this overwhelming feeling that I was going to die.
But I didn’t die, Alhamdulillah. I survived the bomb blast.
If I had died that day, I don’t think that I would have been eligible for Jannah, but Alhamdulillah, Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) gave me a chance. In the same way, we all get chances in our lives before death to walk on the Straight Path, but it is upon us to contemplate upon these chances so that we can come out of our comas and live a life serving The One.
We are taught a statement in Surah Baqarah, Ayah 156:
“Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return.”
If we reflect upon it, we will realize how much gravity it holds and how important it is for one to contemplate upon it almost on a regular basis. It is true, indeed, that this life is transient, and the real life begins when we die. But are we prepared for our death? Death is a fullstop to life. What we prepare in this Dunya will pay dividends in the Aakhirah, provided we strive in Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala)’s cause. So it’s like us preparing for a degree that takes a lifetime but has no chances of resets.
Yahya ibn Mu’adh al-Razi said:
“Glad tidings to the one who leaves the Dunya before it leaves him, prepares for his grave before he enters it, and pleases his Lord before he meets Him.”
Similar to my own encounter, a bomb blast took place near my aunt’s house in Lahore. The explosion was huge that all the windows and mirrors shattered, the doors came off, and the walls cracked. My aunt said that it was like Qiyamat for them. Not only that but people living in places outside Lahore could also hear that. You can imagine the gravity of the explosion. Now, this isn’t anything new in our area, but it begs the question once more, “Have we prepared for our deaths?”
Let’s examine ourselves and see if we’re really working on our chances for the ultimate reward; Paradise, a place where there are no sorrows, no grief, no worries, no pain, no sickness, no illness, no bloodshed, no bomb blasts…a place that we dream of night and day. That’s something that all of us have to ask ourselves, especially since the ticket to Jannah is contingent upon our good deeds in this life.
“And whoever desires the Hereafter and strives for it as he ought to strive and he is a believer; (as for) these, their striving shall surely be accepted.” – Surah Israa’, Ayah 19
May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) accept our striving and place us in Jannatul Firdaus. Ameen…