In South Africa, anyone can become a victim of crime or murder anytime. Sudden death is the new reality… and that reality can be merely crossing the street to buy a loaf of bread in broad DAYLIGHT, never to return home with that loaf. Our most noble Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) always sought refuge from a sudden death, as many are caught unprepared to meet their CREATOR in such an instance.

Sudden death is our new reality. It strikes the old and young, rich or poor, the politicians and non-politicians, the police and the civilian population – anyone can be a victim anytime. So, what does SUDDEN DEATH teach me?

SUDDEN DEATH HAS TAUGHT ME THE FOLLOWING:

1) To devote myself and my deeds solely to ﷲ͜عَزَّوَجَــــل and not to care about people’s satisfaction. Only Allah can reward me for my deeds, not people.

2) Not to be unnecessarily indebted to anyone, for debts without arrangements for its repayments prevents entry into paradise.

3) That I perform all my Salāh on time and not accumulate Qada, because I do not know if that Salāh might be the last one or not. The same applies to my fasts (saum). 

4) That death is not only a path which we will all pass, but it is having an appointment time, even if you are righteous person. Will I be able to face my Allah as a sinner?

5) That what I buy today may not be needed tomorrow, but what Quran I read today and whatever good deeds I perform, I will be in need of it tomorrow. So I need to put Islam in front of everything.

6) That I can only hope to reach Ramadhaan, the season of Maghfirah (forgiveness and repentance) so that I can repent in those days. But I might never reach it. So I should repent and ask forgiveness today, and when the season of forgiveness comes, my reward will increase and if I do not reach that season, I would have taken precaution.

7) That I will not take anything with me except the kafan (shroud). So congratulations to the one who spent his time in obeying ﷲ͜عَزَّوَجَــــل and lightening up his Qabr (grave) with charity and Qur’an. Doing any good deed certainly comes back to you in a good way.

8) That I may have slandered or spoken ill of someone, or may have been just a spectator in an assembly of gossip. My day will cut short if I did not seek forgiveness from him, and on the day of Judgement, I’ll become bankrupted because he will be given all my good deeds.

9) That the whole world with all that is in it, is really what Allah says in the Qur’an: “Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children,” 

And nothing more but that. I can not attach my heart to anything temporary – my wife, children, wealth, and status included.

10) That my Will and Testaments be updated regularly as per Islamic requirements, and I not be unduly punished in the grave for violating the Islamic principles of inheritance at a time when I am no more.

SUDDEN ĐEATH HAS TAUGHT ME TO BE READY FOR DEATH ANYTIME.

MAY ALLAH TA’ALA GRANT ALL OUR VICTIMS OF CRIME AND MURDER THE STATUS OF SHAHADAH (MARTYRDOM) AND ELEVATE THEIR POSITIONS IN ILLIYYEEN – AMEEN.

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