Contemplation of Death
by, 10-02-2011 at 07:25 AM (1251 Views)
One thing that Moulana Yunus Patel saheb mentions quite a bit in his talks is Muraqabatul Mawt. What is Muraqabatul Mawt? It is the contemplation of death. What, not a pleasant subject to think about? True, perhaps it isn't as fun to ponder over than watching the sunset, or even your pet canary hopping to and fro in its cage. But, it really is a deterrant of sins.
Just stop and imagine, if you died right now, at this precise second, in which state would people find you? They'd find me by my pc. And you? Will the find you in your house, suddenly interrupted whilst you were cleaning the house for your family? Will they find you at your work, taken away while earing halal rizq to feed your family with? Will they find you slumped in front of your television while a game show is playing? Will they find you in an alley with bottles surrounding you?
The thought that we can die at any moment should not be what guides us to do good deeds, rather our good deeds should be for the sake of pleasing our Beloved Allah. However, our thinking about death helps us remember that death can come to us at any second. What is one thing we are positive of? Death. What is one thing we can never be positive about? When death will strike us. This should be enough to guide our actions and keep us away from all evil deeds. After all, a person will be raised on the Day of Judgment in the state in which they died.
Imagine, how great it would be to rise up on that day whilst immersed in the remembrance of Allah!
And imagine, how awful it would be for the one who died while sinning, to rise up before the whole of humanity, before Rasulullah . What face would he show that Rasul of Allah who stood all night crying for him?