The Brevity of Life

The silent narrow pathways of graveyards help you to understand the brevity of life. There is very little noise there – perhaps just the wind rustling through some lone trees and the faraway chatter of gravediggers that have taken a break from their work. Perhaps the muffled cries of the deceased’s child or relative. Perhaps your own nervous heartbeat that thuds loudly in your chest and ears. The graves are full of people who were great conversationalists, talented writers, illustrious cooks and fashion idols. They all met the same end. Somehow what brand sunglasses or watch you wear doesn’t seem to matter when you walk those lone pathways. Somehow your

The Only Promise in Life

Allāh (ʿazza wa jal) says in Sūrah Āli ‘Imrān: “ Every soul will taste death ”[3:185] In this āyah, Allāh succinctly informs us of a sure reality. As is often said, you can be sure of nothing in life, except that its conclusion is death. Indeed, it is the only event in your life that can be guaranteed, and this is universally accepted knowledge. Even the staunchest of atheists cannot deny this fact, and no sane individual would reject it. Indeed, there is no doubt that every reader of this article is well-aware of this certainty. The problem, however, is that we often only hold this belief superficially. We all

In Death is Lifes Most Powerful Lessons

It happens every day. Often we know of the person who has fallen into its clutches and at times we don’t! Most view it merely as a cycle of life which is inevitable, as a result they fail to heed the message it delivers. Our pious predecessors used to say that if a person cannot learn a lesson from the Janaazah that leaves before him then nothing in life would teach him a lesson for this is by far life’s greatest and most powerful lesson. This is nothing but the lesson of DEATH that we are talking about here which is delivered more frequently these days than before. Once a

Business around the Grave!!!

  The calico-covered corpse is gently lowered into the grave. Loving hands of sons and brothers receive the body of their loved one and place it in the narrow pit. The strips of plank are placed firmly next to each other. The last plank is placed leaving a dark and lonely grave under it. Spades are grabbed and heaps of sand come crashing down from all directions. However, all around the grave, business goes on as usual. While the most stark reminder of death is right in front of the eyes, the latest car on the market, the rand/dollar exchange and other gossip continues among many of those present. While

Endless Greed and Desire

Sayyiduna Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “If the son of Aadam has two valleys of wealth, he will desire a third valley (of wealth), and nothing will fill the belly of the son of Aadam besides sand (of the grave), and Allah Ta‘ala forgives those who repent to him.” (Saheeh Muslim #2415) On account of his carnal nature, man is ambitious and greedy. The more he has, the more he wants. If we have three pairs of shoes, we will still pine for the fourth. If the latest phone is released, we will not be satisfied until we upgrade by acquiring it. If we fly