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Death is Enough as an Admonition


An Admonition of Death

It is narrated that a bedouin was on a trip and his camel dropped dead. So the bedouin descended from the camel’s back and circled it saying: “Why don’t you get up?

 Why do you not come back to life? Your limbs are fine and your body is sound; what is the matter with you? What used to keep you going?

What caused you to die? What made you stop moving?” Then he left the camel in amazement, wondering about what happened to it.

lbn Sammaak, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said: ‘While a fisherman was fishing, he threw his net in the sea and it came back with a human’s skull.

He looked at it and started crying and said: ‘lf you were honorable, your honor did not delay your death!

lf you were wealthy, your wealth did not delay your death! lf you were poor, your poverty did not delay your death!

lf  you  were  generous,  your  generosity  did  not  delay your death! lf you were strong, your strength did not delay your death! lf you were a scholar, your knowledge did not delay your death!’ He kept repeating these words and crying.”

Remember the Destroyer of Pleasures

Honorable Muslim! The Prophet encouraged us to always remember and mention death saying: “Profusely mention the destroyer of pleasures (i.e., death).” (Tirmithi)

lmaam Qurtubi, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said: ‘Our scholars, may Allaah have mercy upon them, said that this statement from the Prophet is short but inclusive of a great reminder,

 because remembering death and mentioning it frequently is likely to destroy any pleasure one might feel and prevent him from wishing for any other empoyment in the future,

 making him indifferent to pleasures which he previously craved. But since people’s hearts have become heedless, we now require longer admonitions with more decorated words;

otherwise the words of the Prophet, “Profusely mention the destroyer of pleasures,” and the saying of Allaah (which means):

 “Every soul shall have a taste of death, and only on the Day of Judgment shall you be paid your full recompense.

 Only he who is saved far from the Fire and admitted to the Garden will have attained the object (of Life), for the life of this world is but goods and chattels of deception.” (Aali ‘lmraan:185) is enough for those who listen and reflect.”

lbn ‘Umar, may Allaah be pleased with him and his father, said: ‘l came to the Prophet along with nine other people, when a man from the Ansaar (residents of Madeenah) stood up and asked: ‘O Prophet of Allaah! Who is the wisest person?’ He (�) He replied, The one who mentions and contemplates death the most, and the one who prepares for his death the most.

 These are the wise ones; they gain the glory of this life as well as the honor of the Hereafter.’ ” (At-Tabaraani & Al-Munthiri)

Benefits of Mentioning and Contemplating Death

Beloved Muslim! There are many benefits to be gained from mentioning and contemplating death, such as the following:

  • It encourages one to prepare for death before it strikes.
  • It makes man lose hope in living longer, which is a hope that causes heedlessness.
  • It makes a person content with very little, as narrated by Anas, may Allaah be pleased with him, that the Prophet (�) passed by a group of people who we laughing and said: “Profusely mention the destroyer of pleasures,” and then he  said: “lt is never mentioned during the time of need but would make one feel content, and never mentioned during prosperity but would make one feel restricted.” (Al- Munthiri & Al-Bazzaar)
  • It makes one inclined towards the Hereafter and the obedience of Allaah.
  • It makes worldly hardships seem insignificant.
  • It prevents one from greed and extravagance.
  • It encourages one to repent and make up for what he missed in the past.
  • It softens the heart, makes the eyes shed tears, assists one in becoming committed to Islaam and expels base desires.
  • It makes a person humble and prevents arrogance and oppression.
  • It makes a person kind and forgiving towards his fellow Muslims.

Limited Breaths

lbn Mas’ood  said:  ‘The  Prophet drew  a square and in the center of it he drew a line, the end of which extended beyond the square.

Further across the center line he drew few smaller lines, then he said: “This illustrates man (i.e., his ambitions),

and the encircling square is death which encompasses him; the center line represents his desires and the smaller lines are the adversities he faces through life; if one of them misses him, another one distresses him and if that one misses him another one strikes him.” (Bukhaari)

lmaam Al-Qurtubi, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said: “The Muslim scholars have unanimously agreed that death is not restricted to a certain age, time or sickness, so that man would always be ready to receive death and be prepared for what comes after it.”

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