Today on the URS Mubarak of Sayedi Fakhruddin Saheed, let us talk a little about DEATH.
Many must be wondering why spoil the day by talking about DEATH ! I respect the sentiments of my readers, you can just delete the post and carry on with your life. !!
However, if you care to read it, I can assure you that you will be able to live a better life as my reading and reflection is based on The Study of Quran – ( Article on Death, Dying, the After life in the Quran by Hamza Yusuf)
Just to calm your nerves I begin with my often shared quote, which is a sterling truth.
DEATH IS THE DROPPING OF THE FLOWER SO THAT THE FRUIT MAY SWELL !
So after all Death is not frightening but to be looked forward to as – one step up. Only condition is to live a life based on the percepts of our Deen, on the bedrock of ‘ valayat’.
The author based on his scholarly knowledge of Quran states that there are five types of Death, and the Quran extensively sheds knowledge on each type.
The first type of death has to do with growth and the power of regeneration after death.
The Quran conveys the idea of life as growth and death as decay, decline, and desiccation. Many verses use the image of the dead earth brought back to life as an analogy for the Resurrection. In Sūrah 22, al-Ḥajj, two analogies for the
Resurrection are given. The first is embryological, and the second is agricultural. ( 22:5)
The second type of death is the death of feeling or the empathic life of the human
heart. Many verses in the Quran berate the hard-hearted, who exhibit no compassion, and refer to the disbelievers as unaware and unfeeling.
The Quran gives reference in several verses to the need for “spiritual growth” through
purification (tazkiyah): Indeed, he prospers who purifies it (his soul). And indeed he fails who obscures it (91:9–10).
The third type is the death of intelligence understood in its traditional sense.
The Quran categorizes some people as deaf, dumb, blind, and with hardened heart (the
heart is the seat of intelligence)—in other words, intellectually insensate. In other verses, this state is likened to a type of death: Is he who was dead, and to whom We give life, making for him a light by which to walk among mankind, like unto
one who is in darkness from which he does not emerge? (6:122).
DESPAIR AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DEATH
The fourth type of death takes the form of despair and psychological misery in
which life is experienced as devoid of meaning and even pleasure. This state has
reference in several verses to the need for “spiritual guidance’
DEATH AS SLEEP
Finally, the fifth type of death is related to sleep. The Quran says: He it is Who takes your souls by night. . . . Then by day
He resurrects you (6:60); and God takes souls at the moment of their death, and those that die not during their sleep. He withholds those for whom He has decreed death, and sends forth the others till a term appointed. Verily, in this are signs for people who think deeply. (39:42).
And lastly, the time to make the final adieu. If you have lived a good enriching life you will truely awaken.
Nabi ( SA) “Man is asleep, and when he dies he awakens.”
Sayedi Sadikali Saheb shows us in his most endearing way that we should celebrate death with understanding that
گر موت نے سمجھو تو کونجی چھے حیاتی نی،
تحقیق یے مادن چھے روحانی نجاتی نی
Meditating on sleep as a reminder of one’s mortality, and awakening fresh each morning should be equated with awakening of the Resurrection, when one who has lived a good life will have a most joyous everlasting awakening.
In order to achieve that final state, the above stated reminders of types of death are indeed helpful, and entails no major life sacrifices and efforts.
Congratulation to all those who had the guts to read till the end, and pity those who deleted the post on thinking it will ruin their day !!
Did you find the understanding of DEATH frightening, or was this post a ‘wake up’ call to buckle up and wheeze past the road of life in gay abandon but with caution in place. Will be obliged to receive your feed back.
Dua ni iltemas.
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Very deeply informative and enlightening to know 👌