Remembrance of death

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Often the Holy Quran severely criticises those who do not believe in the Day of Judgement. At times we find it condemning those who believe in the Day, but are negligent of it. Therefore, traditions emphasise the visitation of graves, so that man may remember death. In our daily prayers, we recite, Arabic ‘Master of the Day of Judgment’ a number of times, so that our attention is turned towards the ‘Day of Judgment.’

A major portion of our supplications are devoted to discussion on death and the Day of Judgement, so that man may wake up from the slumber of negligence.

If we ponder over reality, we learn that the world deceives the one who craves for it. On the other hand, the one who is attentive towards death and whose heart is aware of the Hereafter, does not fall for the lure of death. One who keeps death in front of his eyes and awaits for it, not only performs his routine tasks sincerely, but constantly strives to do more actions which becomes the cause of Allah’s satisfaction. He is aware that death can overtake him at any moment and he does not have time on his side.

The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) says,

‘Surely the heart rusts like iron.’ People inquired, ‘How can it be polished?’ He (s.a.w.s.) said, ‘By remembering death and with the recitation of Quran.’

(Nahjul Fasahah)

So let us from today resolve to remember death at all times and perform all our actions with that thought in our minds. Let us collect deeds for our hereafter and make piety and abstinence our constant companions.

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