Count Down, Dr. Emdad Khan, Ottawa


Count Down, Dr. Emdad Khan, 

 When we are born, our life count down starts. But what is death? What is the purpose of death and Life.  We avoid talking or thinking about death. The idea of leaving this world is too scary? We  forget, out of fear, or out of love of this world.

Our Creator states, “He Who created Death and Life, that He may try which of you is best in deed: and He is the Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving (67.2)”

ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَ ٱلۡمَوۡتَ وَٱلۡحَيَوٰةَ لِيَبۡلُوَكُمۡ أَيُّكُمۡ أَحۡسَنُ عَمَلاً۬‌ۚ وَهُوَ ٱلۡعَزِيزُ ٱلۡغَفُورُ (٢) سُوۡرَةُ المُلک

When we talk, if  at all talk and discuss about death, we say, a human Life span may be 40-50 years or may be 60-70 years. Islam’s prophet, Mohmmed (pbuh) left this life only at the age of 63 years. The Prophet Nuh had the longest life span of 950 years. In the Western countries life expectancy about 80 years and in South Asian countries about 70 years. In snmc, we buried last two years 50 persons and average life span of 50%, between 40 to 60 years, 25 % between  0-40 years and 25% between 60-90 years

What are the sign of death? Many of them, we can find in our life. We are born with no teeth, so mothers may breast feed by  their babies. After few years, we get baby teeth so we can eat soft food . As grown up kids, we get strong teeth to take strong delicious food. Then, as we become aging, our teeth gradually fall and disappear. As babies, we have no mustache or beard, then as young person, we get those and, then white beard, white hair. But some of us disappear from earth in any stage of life as baby, as youth, as adult, and as old.

Death is something that is going to come to every soul. The Almighty, says Every soul will taste death, and you will only be given your [full] compensation on the Day of Resurrection. So he who is drawn away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise has attained [his desire]. And what is the life of this world except the enjoyment of delusion. (3:185)

كُلُّ نَفۡسٍ۬ ذَآٮِٕقَةُ ٱلۡمَوۡتِ‌ۗ وَإِنَّمَا تُوَفَّوۡنَ أُجُورَڪُمۡ يَوۡمَ ٱلۡقِيَـٰمَةِ‌ۖ فَمَن زُحۡزِحَ عَنِ ٱلنَّارِ وَأُدۡخِلَ ٱلۡجَنَّةَ فَقَدۡ فَازَ‌ۗ وَمَا ٱلۡحَيَوٰةُ ٱلدُّنۡيَآ إِلَّا مَتَـٰعُ ٱلۡغُرُورِ (١٨٥) سُوۡرَةُ آل عِمرَان

God also states, Say: The Death from which you  flee will truly overtake you: then will  be sent back to the Knower of things secret and open: and He will tell you (the truth of) the things that ye did! (62.8)”

قُلۡ إِنَّ ٱلۡمَوۡتَ ٱلَّذِى تَفِرُّونَ مِنۡهُ فَإِنَّهُ ۥ مُلَـٰقِيڪُمۡ‌ۖ ثُمَّ تُرَدُّونَ إِلَىٰ عَـٰلِمِ ٱلۡغَيۡبِ وَٱلشَّهَـٰدَةِ فَيُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا كُنتُمۡ تَعۡمَلُونَ (٨) سُوۡرَةُ الجُمُعَة

Our Creator reminds us not get too focus with our wealth and children but to spend in Charity.” and the Almighty says, “O you who believe! Do not let your wealth or children divert you from the remembrance of Allah. Whoever does that is lost. Give from what We have provided for you before death comes to one of you and he says, ‘O Lord, if only you would give me a little more time so that I can give sadaqa and be one of the righteous.’ Allah will not give anyone more time, once their time has come. Allah is aware of everything you do.” (63:9-11)

يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ لَا تُلۡهِكُمۡ أَمۡوَٲلُكُمۡ وَلَآ أَوۡلَـٰدُڪُمۡ عَن ذِڪۡرِ ٱللَّهِ‌ۚ وَمَن يَفۡعَلۡ ذَٲلِكَ فَأُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ هُمُ ٱلۡخَـٰسِرُونَ (٩) وَأَنفِقُواْ مِن مَّا رَزَقۡنَـٰكُم مِّن قَبۡلِ أَن يَأۡتِىَ أَحَدَكُمُ ٱلۡمَوۡتُ فَيَقُولَ رَبِّ لَوۡلَآ أَخَّرۡتَنِىٓ إِلَىٰٓ أَجَلٍ۬ قَرِيبٍ۬ فَأَصَّدَّقَ وَأَكُن مِّنَ ٱلصَّـٰلِحِينَ (١٠) وَلَن يُؤَخِّرَ ٱللَّهُ نَفۡسًا إِذَا جَآءَ أَجَلُهَا‌ۚ وَٱللَّهُ خَبِيرُۢ بِمَا تَعۡمَلُونَ (١١) سُوۡرَةُ المنَافِقون

Let us consider out life like a traveler. One companion of Prophet (PBUH), Abdullah  Ibn ‘Umar said, “The Messenger of God (PBUH),took me by the shoulder and said, ‘Be in this world as if you were a stranger or a traveller on the road.”

Death may come in the Morning or in the Evening. The same companion, Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar used to say, “In the evening, do not anticipate the morning, and in the morning do not anticipate the evening. Take from your health for your illness and from your life for your death.”

The prophet (PBUH) drew the death lines. Another companion, Anas (RA) said, “The Prophet (PBUH), drew some lines and said, ‘This is man and this is end of his lifespan. That is how he is when this nearest line comes upon him.”

What is death like to believers? “The gift to a believer is death” stated prophet (PBUH).

Let us seek His forgiveness for our mistakes and short comings. The mercy of God  is for us even at the time of death. “God accepts the repentance of the servant so long as his spirit has not arrived at his throat.”

A person seeking Knowledge may achieve a martyr’s death, who will be able to enter paradise without reckoning. “When death comes to the seeker of knowledge whilst he is in that state [of seeking knowledge], he dies as a martyr. We all can start a short teaching and learning in our home or at our masjid and may be we will be fortunate to achieve a martyr’s death.

The wisest person is the one who  remember death and regulates his/her life , does good deeds, helps  families, neighbours, needy and orphans, way fearer. The wisest one from among you is he who remembers death the most, and the most prudent one from among you is he who is the most prepared for it.” advised prophet Muhammed (PBUH)

We should bury with dignity,  a dead person as soon as possible If we take initiative and arrange for dignified burial, God will motivate  others to arrange dignified burial for us when we are gone. What is the destination after death? “Do not abuse the dead, for they have reached the result of what they have done.” said, beloved Prophet (pbuh)

How we can get benefit even after our death?  “When a man dies, his good deeds come to an end, except three: Ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge, and a righteous son who will pray for him.” Informed us  by sayings of Prophet. So we strive to make our children righteous, we can send to build a hospital, education institutes or a place of worship.

How once an protect himself/herself from an evil death. What can save me from an evil death?  By giving in charity. “Indeed charity extinguishes the Lord’s anger and protects against the evil death. “another saying of beloved  prophet (pbuh).

Let us remember, death is an end to comfort “Remember often death  the destroyer of all pleasures. “Prophet (pbuh) reminded. Death will come for us all, let’s attempt to be ready when it does.

Let us do some charity works, when we are strong, it will help us in this life and life hereafter and  will have mercy from the Creator and God will protect us from an evil death and .

If you loan God a goodly loan, He will multiply it for you and forgive you. And God is Most Appreciative and Forbearing

إِن تُقۡرِضُواْ ٱللَّهَ قَرۡضًا حَسَنً۬ا يُضَـٰعِفۡهُ لَكُمۡ وَيَغۡفِرۡ لَكُمۡ‌ۚ وَٱللَّهُ شَكُورٌ حَلِيمٌ (١٧) سُوۡرَةُ التّغَابُن