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Saturday, September 20, 2008

"Qullu nafsin iza iqatul maut" meaning 'Everything that lives shall taste death!'

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Brothers and sisters,

The title above refers to an ayah in the Holy Qur'an Surah Al Imran Chapter 3 Verse 185 which states clearly that everything that lives will come to its ultimate end @ death no matter what?

"Qullu nafsin iza iqatul maut" meaning 'Everything that lives shall taste death!'
Al-Qur'an Surah Al-Imran Verse 185

Verily Death is a process that will come to every living being, every organism and every creation according to the Will of God!

Not a second faster or a second later than what has been ordained on it by Allah the Almighty.

A Hadith of the Blessed Messenger, Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam explains in detail the process of the 'Ruuh' @ The Soul leaving the body!

"Huwa Qadru Tsalatsimi-Ati Dharbatin Biss Saiff!"

meaning 'The pain of Death is likened to the pain of being slashed with a sword 300 times!'

Hadith related by Imam Ibnu Abi Dunya.

For the Mukmin (those who are true believers) the 'Ruuh' is extracted in the gentlest manner by the Malaikatul Maut @ Angel of Death -Saiyidina Izra'il Alaihis Salam greatly reducing the pain of their death to very slight sensations of pain.

To the Disbelievers @ Kaffirs, Hypocrites @ Munafiqs and the Musyriks, the Soul is ripped out with the greatest of force by the Angel of Death!

God knows best! We will all find out when our time is up, won't we?

When a humanbeing is due to die and on his or her deathbed, their mouths will be sealed (spiritually) and 4 Malaikats @ Angels will come to him or her.

The 1st Malaikat @ Angel will greet them with the salam and proclaim ' I am the Malaikat @ Angel to whom has been entrusted your quota of sustenance @ Rezeki from the East to the West of this Earthly abode . Verily your sustenance has run out and I can't find anything more for you'.

Let me explain in detail as to this fact. Have you had this experience? You start having your meal and start eating a plate of rice together with your favourite dishes.

Do you recall any one time when you would finish off that plate of rice and be so meticulous to the extent that you would seek out every grain of rice and finish it off until you are left with a clean plate? At times you will even go for seconds!

Have you also gone through this contrasting experience? You start eating your meal and only after a few mouthfuls, you have had enough and you can't swallow not even half a handful or spoonful of rice anymore?

All these goes to show the truth of our getting our daily razq @ sustenance decided by Almighty Allah!

The 2nd Malaikat @ Angel will come to them , give the salam and say' I am the Malaikat @ Angel to whom has been entrusted your quota of drink from water sources or others. I have searched from the East to the West of this Earthly abode and can find not a drop more for you. Verily your time has come, please be ready.'

Just like the above example, we only get to drink whatever that Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala has measured out for us? Not a drop more ; not a drop less!

Then comes the 3rd Malaikat @ Angel who greets them with the salam and then proclaims ' I am the one to whom has been entrusted your breaths. I have searched from East to the West of this Earthly abode and have found not a breath more left for you!'

Now, this is also one of the most striking truths of our existence! Every breath we take is measured and dispensed according to our fate and Allah's Will!

Finally enters the 4th Malaikat @ Angel who upon greeting the person with the salam says ' I am the one to whom has been entrusted your time of death. Please be ready to return to your Lord within this hour!'

Then comes the 2 Malaikats @ Angels ascribed to each and everyone of us the Malaikats Kiramul Katibin @ Raqeeb and A'teed with our Records of Deeds from the right and the left of us.

The Malaikat of our right @ Raqeeb greets us : 'May peace be upon you. I am the one entrusted with your record of good deeds. Here is your record of good deeds, please take it.'

Then our records of good deeds comes out forth as a scroll of white sheet and we will be happy and pleased to receive it.

The Malaikat of our left @ A'teed then greets us with ' May peace be upon you! I am the one entrusted to record your every sins! Here they are . Please accept it!'

Then comes forth a black scroll full of our recorded sins and we would break out in cold sweat in fear and loathing.

Both Malaikats @ Angels then leave our deathbed leaving our records of deeds with us.

Enters then the Malaikatul Ma'ut @ The Angel of Death -Saiyidina Izra'il Alaihis salam. On our right will stand the Malaikat Rahmat @ the Angel of Mercy and on our left will stand the Malaikat Azab @ the Angel of Torture.

So , depending on our last acts and state of belief, our 'Ruuh' @ Soul will be treated accordingly. Some of us will have our souls taken out with a single pull , some will suffer , some will die in peace.

When our soul is already at our throats, the Malaikatul Maut will take our souls as per our fate is destined .

If we are among the blessed, the Malaikat Rahmat @ Angel of Mercy will call out to us. If we are among those who are accursed, then the Malaikat Azab @ Angel of Torture will call out our name!

The Malaikatul Maut then brings forth the soul to be presented to Allah, Lord Almighty , Master of all the Worlds.

If the soul is among those who are blessed, Allah SWT then commands ' Return the soul to it's home and let it witness its home after it's departure.'

The Angel then escorts the soul to its home and it sees for itself who is saddened by it's no longer being there and who isn't. The soul is not given the power of speech. So, it just watches silently.

The soul will then be brought back to it's remains in the grave to be interrogated by the Malaikats Mungkar and Naqir. The Interview of the Grave .

To be continued. Insya Allah!


SuNi's Dessert Kitchen said...

Thank you Guru for writing this in English. I am a Buddhist and have read a lot of materials on the process of death and after death. However,this is the first time I have the chance to understand the Islamic version.In Buddhism too every living being must end in death eventually though the process may not be similar. Anyway, thank you again for this article as it helps non muslims like me to understand the religion of my muslim friends.

MAHAGURU58 said...

You are welcome suni.

This is the reason why I share information about the Islamic faith and its Way of Life.

I hope that my writings will help enlighten both Muslims and Non Muslims learn about these matters and in turn spread such knowledge to others.

By such spreading of knowledge and information about Islam, we can all learn to live in understanding and tolerance with one another.

May Almighty Allah bless and guide us all.


Alias Mohd Yusof said...

Hendak Islamkan Negara atau Orang?

Kalau kita meneliti ayat-ayat Al Quran, sangat banyak ayat-ayat yang menyeru manusia supaya menghindari perbuatan syirik atau mempersekutukan Allah.

Malah tidak masuk syurga seseorang itu jika mensyirikkan Allah, begitulah utamanya perbuatan syirik ini di sisi Allah.

Tidak keterlaluan kalau dikatakan tujuan Tuhan menurunkan Nabi dan Al Quran ini adalah untuk membebaskan manusia dari mensyirikkan Allah.
Selaras dengan tujuan utama Quran ini, kita sebagai orang Islam haruslah bergerak selari dengan kehendak Quran iaitu mengembelingkan segala usaha dan tenaga untuk membebaskan manusia dari amalan syirik. Amalan syirik ini bukan sahaja berlaku kepada orang-orang bukan Islam tetapi juga berlaku dalam masyarakat Islam sendiri.
Memerangi amalan syirik bukan bermakna kita kena mengangkat senjata pergi memerangi dan menangkap orang-orang yang mengamalkan perbuatan syirik ini. Tetapi perlu kita lakukan secara dakwah yang baik dan hikmah.
Kita harus menentang pengamal-pengamal syirik ini dengan memberi penerangan yang jelas dan berhujah dengan mereka secara baik. Mesti ada dalam fikiran kita bahawa orang-orang yang mengamalkan syirik ini kebanyakannya adalah disebabkan kejahilan mereka yang tidak mendapat maklumat dan penerangan yang tidak tepat. Mereka hanya mendapat maklumat dan menurut apa yang telah diperturunkan oleh nenek moyang mereka.
Oleh itu menjadi tugas kita untuk membetulkan pandangan mereka yang salah terhadap agama dan ketuhanan. Jangan sekali dalam hendak membetulkan akidah mereka, kita menganggap mereka sebagai musuh kita, sebaliknya kita lakukannya kerana didorong oleh hati kita yang ikhlas untuk menyelamatkan mereka dari api neraka.
Mungkin ada orang mempersoalkan kenapa Nabi Muhammad pernah mengangkat senjata berperang dengan orang bukan Islam, seolah-olah berlawanan dengan kenyataan saya di atas.
Dalam membetulkan akidah musyrik mekah ketika itu, nabi Muhammad sentiasa mengambil pendekatan berjumpa dan memberi penerangan kepada masyarakatnya dalam menyebarkan ajaran Islam.
Tetapi malangnya pemuka-pemuka orang bukan Islam ketika itu tidak mampu untuk berhujah dengan nabi dan tidak mampu menandingi kebenaran Al Quran. Lantaran itu semakin hari semakin ramai orang-orang yang telah dimurnikan akidahnya oleh nabi.
Pemuka musyrik Mekah tidak ada keupayaan dan ikhtiar untuk menyekat aliran baru yang dibawa oleh nabi Muhammad yang dilihat semakin cepat berkembang, lalu mereka menggunakan cara penindasan dan kekerasan bagi mengekangnya, termasuklah mengistiharkan perang terhadap nabi.
Jelas di sini nabi berperang bukan untuk menyerang dan menangkap orang-orang yang mengamalkan syirik tetapi berperang sebagai mempertahankan diri dari diserang secara kekerasan.
Dan sekarang kita telah pun berada di zaman peradaban tinggi, di zaman yang memandang tinggi keintelektualan, pendapat dan hujah, di zaman suatu kaum tidak boleh menindas dan menyerang kaum lain, di zaman setiap orang berhak untuk bersuara dan menyampaikan pandangan dan pendapat, tetapi kenapa pula kita tidak mengambil peluang dan ruang ini seluas-luasnya untuk kita memberi penerangan dan berhujah dengan baik kepada pengamal-pengamal perbuatan syirik ini.
Sebaliknya ada antara umat Islam di zaman ini telah mengambil tindakan kebelakang dengan melakukan serangan-serangan senjata dan keganasan yang kononnya untuk membela kesucian Islam.
Ada juga orang-orang Islam yang begitu ghairah untuk menegakkan Negara Islam, siang malam mereka turun berkempen untuk mencapai hasrat mereka untuk menjadikan Malaysia ini Negara Islam ala mereka.
Mungkin saya terlepas pandang, tidak ada ayat yang saya temui dalam Quran yang menyuruh kita menegakkan Negara Islam sebagai keutamaan kita, sila betulkan saya kalau tersilap. Kalau ada pun ayat yang menyatakan perkara tersebut, mungkin tidak banyak sehingga saya boleh tidak perasan dan terlepas pandang.
Tetapi kalau ayat yang menyuruh kita menghindari dari perbuatan dan amalan syirik memang saya tidak boleh lupa kerana ia disebutkan berulang dan banyak kali dalam Quran.
Kalau kita hendakkan Negara Islam, memang kita perlukan ‘kuasa’ untuk melaksanakannya, tetapi kalau kita hendakkan supaya manusia mempunyai akidah yang murni, kita hanya perlukan kebijaksanaan, ilmu, kepetahan kata-kata dan tulisan, akhlak yang baik dan keikhlasan.
Janganlah usaha kita yang ghairah hendak menegakkan Negara Islam dijadikan jenaka oleh sesetengah pihak yang mengatakan, yang mungkin masuk syurga nanti hanyalah negara bukannya orang.
Bukanlah saya hendak merendah-rendahkan untuk menegakkan Negara Islam, tetapi kita kena melihat kepada keutamaan. Jangan duduk sebelum berlunjur.