Salam Alikom (Peace be with you) to all my Muslim readers and hello to all my non-muslim readers....
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'oon ( To God we belong and to him we will return)
^ Muslims say this when someone passes away.
"Everyone is going to taste death, and We shall make a trial of you with evil and with good. And to Us you will be returned." (Quran - 21:35)
We all go though life wondering what our purpose is; at least I did when I was younger, until I found Islam. When I found Islam, my life changed and the way I looked at life changed in such a big way that I look back on it now and wonder how I lived without this blessed religion.
"Then We raised you up after your death: Ye had the chance to be grateful."(Quran - 2:56)
When my mother passed away I prayed that God accepted her and forgive her sins. So, I had faith back when I wasn't Muslim, but it still wasn't enough. It seemed after the passing of my mom, I was more aware of death. I was scared and wanted to really find out what was the purpose of life. I searched and searched. Studied and searched more. When I found what I was looking for, (Islam) I was astonished how I could be so ignorant. Islam is easy, people make it hard. Islam is perfect, people aren't. Rewind a bit, mom passed on and a couple years later, one of my good friends passed on in a major car accident. It seemed like death kept creeping up on the people I loved. It was really scary. One year after my friend Denise passed away, another friend had a bad car accident. After that it seemed every year or two, a friend of mine was dying. I found Islam a couple years after that. Thank you God, Islam gave me the insight on what I was so afraid of. Death.
"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. "(Quran - 3:168)
Death is scary, because it's unknown how you're going to die. As Muslims we are afraid of not doing everything that God has told us. God's willing we will make it to Heaven if we do what we were commanded to do.
"To Him belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth: It is He Who gives Life and death; and He has Power over all things."(Quran - 57:2)
In 2004 a great man passed away, Sheikh Zayed. May God forgive him and accept his good deeds ameen. It was a great loss to the people of United Arab Emirates. Not only did the local Emiratis love and adore this man, but many foreigners who knew him, loved him. Then the son of Sheikh Zayed, Sheikh Nasser bin Zayed passed away on June 3rd, 2008 when his helicopter crashed over the gulf waters. May Allah forgive his sins and accept his good deeds ameen.
Now one of Sheikh Zayed's ( God have mercy on his soul ) sons, Sheik Ahmed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, died. His glider crashed in a lake in Morocco. May God have mercy on his soul and forgive him for his sins ameen. 1969 - 2010
"And certainly We! We it is Who give life, and cause death, and We are the inheritors." (Quran - 15:23)
The only thing is this life we can't escape is death. Every one of us who is reading my entry, will die someday. We just don't know when or how. I think that's the scary part.
I ask God to forgive us and increase our iman ( faith ) and only love each other for the sake of Allah ( God ) and do everything in this life, only for Allah ( God ).
Please pray for our brother in Islam and pray for his family. Pray for all our brothers and sisters who have passed away and for all the families who lost loved ones.
"And Allah (God) has created you and then He will cause you to die; and of you there are some who are sent back to senility, so that they know nothing after having known )much). Truly, Allah (God) is All - Knowing, Alla-Powerful."(Quran - 16:70)
final whisper: May Allah (God) forgive our brother and have mercy on him, give him jannah (heaven) , give his family patience and iman (faith) ameen