Death and Purpose of Life, Dr Emdad Khan


Death and Purpose of Life, Dr Emdad Khan

Death: Our life span 50- 60 -70 years. Death draws nearer every day; every hour; every minute. two people die each second. 60 million people each year!  We will die regardless of our age, health, background, social status or piety. Where are the past kings, the billionaires and the powerful? Where are the once beautiful, the famous, and the intellectual elite?

Life After Death: Life does not end with death. A person does not cease to exist in sleep, similarly he does not cease to exist in death. A person comes back to life after waking from sleep, the same way, a person will be revived, at the great awakening, on the Day of Judgement

God says,

Everyone shall taste death. And only on the Day of Resurrection shall you be paid your rewards in full. And whoever is removed away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise, he indeed is successful. The life of this world is only the enjoyment of deception. (3.185) Surah Al-E-Imran

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

Is there a day of judgement after our death? It is an absolute demand of justice that there be a Day of Judgement on which every soul is brought to account.

Say (to them): “Verily, the death from which you flee will surely meet you, then you will be sent back to (God), the All-Knower of the unseen and the seen, and He will tell you what you used to do.” (62.8) Surah Al-Jumua.

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

Purpose of life: God states, He created us with the purpose of worshipping Him alone and to test who is best in actions.

Who has created death and life, that He may test you which of you is best in deed? [] And He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving; (67.2) Surah Al-Mulk

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

Preparation for Death: Good to pre-pay funeral services or selecting a coffin and plot in advance. But let us prepare by living according to His commandments and perform good deeds by pleasing God. God states,

O you who believe! Observe your duty to Allah. And let every soul look to that which it sends on before for the tomorrow. And observe your duty to Allah. Indeed! God is Aware of what you do. (59.18) Surah Al-Hashr

يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ ٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ وَلۡتَنظُرۡ نَفۡسٌ۬ مَّا قَدَّمَتۡ لِغَدٍ۬‌ۖ وَٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ‌ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ خَبِيرُۢ بِمَا تَعۡمَلُونَ (١٨) سُوۡرَةُ الحَشر

Desire to Go Back: God says in the Qur’an:

And spend (in charity) of that with which We have provided you, before death comes to one of you and he says: “My Lord! If only You would give me respite for a little while, then I should give charity and be among the righteous. (10)  Surah Al-Munafiqoon

وَأَنفِقُواْ مِن مَّا رَزَقۡنَـٰكُم مِّن قَبۡلِ أَن يَأۡتِىَ أَحَدَكُمُ ٱلۡمَوۡتُ فَيَقُولَ رَبِّ لَوۡلَآ أَخَّرۡتَنِىٓ إِلَىٰٓ أَجَلٍ۬ قَرِيبٍ۬ فَأَصَّدَّقَ وَأَكُن مِّنَ ٱلصَّـٰلِحِينَ (١٠)  سُوۡرَةُ المنَافِقون

God calls Mankind: “O man! What has deceived you concerning your Lord, the Most Generous? Who created you, fashioned you perfectly, and gave you due proportion? In whatever form He willed, He put you together. No! But you deny the Recompense (reward for good deeds and punishment for evil deeds on the Day of Judgement).”

يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلۡإِنسَـٰنُ مَا غَرَّكَ بِرَبِّكَ ٱلۡڪَرِيمِ (٦) ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَكَ فَسَوَّٮٰكَ فَعَدَلَكَ (٧) فِىٓ أَىِّ صُورَةٍ۬ مَّا شَآءَ رَكَّبَكَ (٨) كَلَّا بَلۡ تُكَذِّبُونَ بِٱلدِّينِ (٩) سُوۡرَةُ الانفِطار

O man! What has made you careless about your Lord, the Most Generous? (6) Who created you, fashioned you perfectly, and gave you due proportion; (7) In whatever form He willed, He put you together. (8) Nay! But you deny the . the Day of Recompense. (82. 9) Surah Al-Infitar


Death in Home, not with machine

By those (angels) who pull out with great violence; (1) By those (angels) who gently take out (the souls); (2)

وَٱلنَّـٰزِعَـٰتِ غَرۡقً۬ا (١) وَٱلنَّـٰشِطَـٰتِ نَشۡطً۬ا (٢) سُوۡرَةُ النَّازعَات

When we die, we would prefer to do so in company of family, not alone with machines, to have the company of loved ones around me, to hear their prayers whispered in our ears, to feel their hands grasping our hands. Such prayer would ease our journey from this world to the next one. But we need to break through the barricades between the dying and the living by the health care system?

Death is inevitable. responsible for our actions by granting us freedom of choice, and intelligence to know right and wrong. If there were no afterlife in which the good were rewarded and the bad punished, that would contradict the perfect justice of the Almighty

Our purpose in life is to worship God alone, perform acts of righteousness and to avoid all that is forbidden. Our fate is being decided based on our present actions, so we can either make use of our opportunities on Earth to ensure an eternal place for ourselves in Paradise, or we can waste them and condemn ourselves to eternal punishment in Hell.