The subject of death scares everyone because we dont know much about it. Moreover, we dont know much about the life in the grave, or even the whole life after death. We do know that we are to die and that we are to be buried in the grave, but very few of us want to discuss about the details of what type of life we are to live there. People are afraid to talk about it because of ignorance, and because of the unseen to come, or because they did not prepare themselves for that life to come. It should be stated here that every one of us is to die even if we hide ourselves anywhere in the world; or even if we try to protect ourselves by every possible means. Death is a fact of life, part of life and a Must in life. Wherever you are, Death will find you out, even if you are in towers built up strong and high ! (Quran 4:78)
Since we have to die, why do we have to live? It is no fun at all to live a short period of life and then die! There is no value to this life when we strive very hard to earn knowledge, education, property and wealth, and then all of a sudden we are to die! When we die, were to leave everything behind! It is really too awful if life is to end at the time of death! Allah (t) created us with love and compassion. He brought us to this world in order to help us go back to our roots and our origins, namely Paradise (Heaven). He brought us to this planet for a short period of time to prepare us to go to Heaven. He brought us to this earth through a special system of birth to test us who will be rewarded better than others. The Quran explains this life as a test and as an examination. Every soul shall have a taste of death: and We test you by evil and by good by way of trial. To Us must you return. (Quran 21:35)
It should be stated here that Allah (t) makes us to die daily at night during sleeping. He makes most of us to wake up from our temporary death to praise Him and to worship Him. It is very astonishing to recognize that the soul gets outside of the body everyday during sleep. The Quran states…. Its is Allah that takes the souls (of men) at death and those that die not (He takes) during their sleep. Those on whom He has passed the decree of death, He keeps back (from returning to life), but the rest He sends (to their bodies) for a term appointed. Verily in this are the signs for those who reflect. (Quran 39:42)
Paradise will be our final destination, our final journey and our true life. One has to accept death as much as we accept our daily sleep. We have to accept death, for weve to die to enter Paradise. Were travellers and we are passing by this life before reaching our other life. The Prophet (saw) explains this concept of being a travellers and passing by people in this world. He also explains that people should think that they are foreigners and strangers in this world. The hadith goes as follows…. Be in this world as if you are a stranger or a passer by.
The angel in charge of death is Izraa-eel His role is to take the souls out of the bodies of human beings… of Jinns…of animals…and of birds. Say: the angel of death, put in charge of you, will (duly) take your souls. Then shall you be brought back to your Lord. (Quran 32:11) It was narrated by Al-Tabarani that the Angel of Death said…. In the name of Allah I cannot remove the soul of even a mosquito unless Allah (swt) is the One who orders me to do so.
The angel of death comes to a believer with a beautiful appearance. He removes the soul of that person with ease. He says to the persons soul the following….. O you the good soul! Come out…You were in a good body… Come out safe… Good news for you in paradise.. Rest and satisfaction, Allah (swt) will be satisfied and not angry with you. He continues to say the same until the soul comes out of the body.
However, the angel of death will be hard and harsh with the unbeliever. When he wants to remove the soul from that person, he will say the following…. O you the wicked soul! Come out! You were inside the body of a wicked person… Come out with disgrace..Your good news is that you are to have boiling fluids, and fluid dark, murky, and intensively cold. Plus, you will receive other penalties, similar but doubly harsh. He continues saying this until the soul comes out from the body. If you could see, when the angels take their souls of the unbelievers (at death), (How) they smite their faces and their backs, (saying) Taste the chastisement of the blazing fire. (Quran 8:50)
It was mentioned that some Prophets asked the Angel of Death; How come you dont send an advance warning to people so that they prepare themselves !? The Angel of Death replied…. I do indeed send the people a series of warnings. Dont you know that a person may become sick… may be struck with disease…may get gray hair… may lose part of his hearings or sight. Therefore, if he doesnt understand all of these warnings and death comes to him, he should blame himself if he did not repent in advance.
And the stupor of death comes in truth. This was the thing you were trying to escape! (Quran 50:19)
The following was mentioned about the pain, the stupor and the pang during the process of death…. Death is so painful. No one knows exactly the degree of pain and distress except those who went through death itself. No one knows the degree of dreadfulness and agony of death except those whom death came to them. It was said that the pain of death is worse than being hit with a large number of swords, even worse than being sawed with a sewing maching, or even more worse than being chipped with shears and scissors. Hitting the body with a sword will make a person to feel the pain, but the strength of the body will stay strong. Therefore, he will cry and ask for help.
On the other hand, a dying person loses his voice and cant cry during the pain of death. Death has destroyed every force in his body. Hence he is left with no voice for help. Only at the last moment when the soul reaches his vocal chord, one may hear the sound of gurgle and gargle coming from his mouth. At that moment he shivers…his face looks pale and yellow. Then his hands stretched open. At that moment he is leaving this life and he is getting nothing from it. Every organ of the body has to pass through a stage of stupor. A stage of intoxication…and a stage of fear and pain till the soul reaches the vocal chord of the mouth. At that time it will be too late to ask for forgiveness. Then he feels the pain and sorrows, and finally he blames himself for not benefiting from this life. The day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail. But only he (will prosper) that brings to Allah a sound heart. (Quran 26:88-89)
It was reported by Aisha (ra) that she would envy any person whose death was easy after she saw the difficulty of the death of the Prophet (saw). It was reported that the Prophet (saw) mentioned death, the difficulty of suffocation, and the pain, by saying : It is equal to 300 strikes with a sword. The Prophet (saw) also said, The very easy death is equal to a thorn in wool. Can a piece of thorn be removed from the wool unless it pulls out wool with it?
Every soul shall have a taste of DEATH: and only on the Day of Judgment shall you be paid your full recompense. (Quran 3:185)
Oh People, listen well. The angel of death might visit us soon, and death will overtake us. Prepare yourself before preparations for your burial are made. Do your Obligations before Obligations to you are done !! ……………………………………………..
O Allah ! For death we are ready… For Your Decisions and Your Power we submit… We are anxious to You, ya Allah!… We are afraid of Your Punishment…but we are fond of entering paradise. We are very anxious to see You personally and to look at You, ya Allah!… You are the Most Merciful…and the Ever-Lasting Merciful…ya Allah…ya Allah !