Ramadan, death, glad tidings

Posted: August 18, 2011 in Ahh moments, Death, Duas, Parents, Quran, Ramadan 2011

Bismillah,

Don’t mind me, and don’t let the title scare you (its not as morbid as it sounds…)
Ever since 2009, since my father passed away I think often about death, not in the “I am so depressed/sad” kinda of way, but in a aah…’ I will return to my Lord kinda of way’. It truly comes with the territory as in the process of making dua for him I cannot think but reflect on my own end. In so many places in the Quran Allah subhana wa tala speaks of life and death being a sign of His ultimate power but also a frame work- a reference for us to remember and reflect on this! That is when one life departs from this world, it is not just a mere “someone died” but rather it is a reminder that we all will return to the Mighty and the Majestic.

So what spurred this talk of death in this blessed night of Ramadan? Today in taraweeh (half way through), one of my most dearest and favorite verses of all time was recited (from Surah Fussilat), alhamdulilah though we are not at surah Fussilat (for surely that would cause for reason of super sadness as thats super close to end of taraweeh, end of Ramadan). I wrote about this verse when I first memorized Surah Fussilat…and how my heart rejoices every time I hear it (see reflection below). There have been so many times throughout taraweeh these days that my heart rejoiced, and my mind and limbs were moved by the verse…but I have not had the chance to sit down and document this as I’ve been extremely busy. Alhamdulilah though, this verse is dear to my heart and truly amidst looking at cadavars every week for my anatomy class, I am in awe of the power of Allah subhana wa tala to create, and mold all of us in such a fashion. I am also aghast at how at times we may be ungrateful to Allahu subhana wa tala i.e not worshipping Him as He is most deserving, or even so falling short in our worship of Him….for at the end of the day when I look at these cadavars I just think …’ we are just flesh and bones, and just these parts put together…we are weak and turn frail once the soul departs this shell of a body of ours…and all of these minute things are but for usage in worshipping Him, the most High…’ subhana’Allah, subhana’Allah. Indeed my Lord is great, and may we always recognize this and never forget the purpose of our lives, the end goal..our greatest purpose we were created for.

The end goal…which brings me back to why the verse below is one of my favorite parts…..I get happy to hear of the angels descending and consoling the believer, and then something else happens along the way…I make myself imagine myself to be of those, or at least I want to be one of those (I like to think and ponder on my end), and indeed that reflection or that thought frame allows me to work hard and excel in seeking this glorious end. May Allah grant all of us to be of those whom He loves and may we have a blessed end- a qatimul Khayr!

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=================Heavenly agents at time of death================

Surah Fussilat

This Surah is like any surah in the Qur’an for it is full of meanings that subhanallah if one were to just read and implement it they would be successful. To touch base on somethings that grabbed my attention are the following verses…(30-31)

30. In the case of those who say, “Our Lord is Allah., and, further, stand straight and steadfast, the angels descend on them (from time to time): “Fear ye not!” (they suggest), “Nor grieve! but receive the Glad Tidings of the Garden (of Bliss), the which ye were promised!

31. “We are your protectors in this life and in the Hereafter: therein shall ye have all that your souls shall desire; therein shall ye have all that ye ask for!-

To me these verses are amazing for the they speak concerning the death of the believer. To many people the concept of death is hard to swallow for it is scary knowing no one will aid anyone when the angle of death comes to get the person…however in these verses it explains how the angles will console the believer…they will tell them not to grieve. Its shocking to know that at the most loneliest time in a person history a heavenly being will be there to assure them of their destination just because they were beleivers. Subhanallah overall it just makes me strive to be the best believer.

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