One of the people of the past was dying on his death bed and he seemed extremely worried so they asked him, what is this? He said, I’m about to travel a path which I’ve never travelled before!
Another was asked the same thing and he replied, I’m fearful of death and my arrival to Allah!
Another was asked how are you feeling whilst on his death bed and he replied, by Allah, I’m closer to the life of the Hereafter than the life of this world! Whosoever of you can work hard by doing good deeds then do so before you reach where I am!
The following was narrated to us by one of our sheikhs.
There was a taxi driver and he would drive around in Riyadh. He picked up 3 boys and it was salaah time so they stopped at a gas station to pray.
As he got ready he asked them to pray but they said they don’t pray!
He encouraged them and they all said ok.
When he finished the salaah, 3 of the 4 finished but one was still in sujood. They thought he was playing, and said to him, you don’t pray and now you’ve become religious. They checked and realised he had died.
One of the boys was crying profusely, so the taxi driver tried to console him and he said that it was his older brother and he hadn’t prayed salaah in 15 years.
What we learn from this:
- Always encourage people to do good
- Be gentle
- Allah wants good for everyone
- You don’t know how you’re going to die.
قال الإمام ابن كثير: “لقد أجرى الله الكريمُ عادتَهُ بكرَمِه ، أن من عاش على شيءٍ مات عليه ومن مات على شيءٍ بُعِثَ عليه”