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					     MAJLIS UGAMA ISLAM SINGAPURA
             FRIDAY SERMON
    11 JANUARY 2002 / 27 SYAWAL 1422H
                           DEATH




My fellow brothers,
I enjoin all of you and myself to fear Allah, for it is the
provision and safety in this world and the Final Day, the day
when neither wealth nor sons will avail, except him who
brings to Allah a clean heart.

Allah says,




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“Everyone shall taste death. And only on the day of
Resurrection shall you be paid your wages in full. And
whoever is removed away from the fire and admitted to
Paradise he indeed is successful. The life of this world is
only the enjoyment of deception (a deceiving thing).” (Al-
„Imran 3: 185)


Such is the reality of death and what comes after it. Every
one of us shall taste it whether poor or rich; healthy or sick,
old or young; leader or led and none of us can escape it.
Allah says,




)78 ‫(النساء آية‬




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“Wheresoever you may be, death will overtake you even if
you are in a fortress built up strong and high.”(An-Nisaa 4:
78).


Death is one of the mysteries that dazzles human
intelligence because it has to do with the soul.


Often we heard of how a youth who was full of health and
energy suddenly falls dead without warning; thereby making
that youthfulness and energy fade away, bringing all his
senses to a complete standstill. That youth might be a
brilliant scholar, an eloquent author, a skilled physician or
brilliant inventor but it is absolutely out of the question that
this quality should prevent death from overtaking him when
his time is due.


Allaah says,




“When their term is reached, neither can they delay it nor
can they advance it an hour (or a moment).” (Yunus 10: 49).




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„Amr bin Abdullah used to mount the pulpit and say, “Many a
person who has seen the beginning of a day but would not
see it‟s end. And many a person who has expected morning
but would not live to see it. If only you had known your
appointed time and how it comes to pass, you would have
detested nursing hope for worldly materials and its
deception.”


Let those who crave for this world and its pleasures ponder
over these scattered graves all over the place and realize
that the way to pleasures and lustful things, though
decorated with beautiful roses, inevitably leads to the
present condition of those buried in these graves. Happiness
is for him whom a messenger of death has opened his eyes
to reality before he died.


Brothers in faith! It is expected of him who knows that he will
die, be buried, raised up on the day of Resurrection and
enter Paradise or Hell to always remember death, prepare
for it and reflect on it. He is in fact expected to regard himself
among the dead. This is because when the angel of death
comes neither your wealth nor your people can prevent him
from taking your soul. It is a fact that this world and its


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tribulations appear insignificant in the eyes of him who
always remembers death, for, he has lofty aims and strong
resolutions; he is far from hypocrisy and always yearns for
the everlasting bliss in the eternal Paradise.


Dear Brothers ! Remembering death does not in any way
make one‟s life miserable; forcing him to sit at home and
leave all means of sustenance. It is rather meant to deter
him from committing sins and soften his hardened heart. We
remember death in order to have good preparation for it and
for all that follows it by doing righteous deeds, obeying Allah
and increasing one‟s efforts in all acts of worship.


How do we prepare for death? We prepare for death by
shunning all abominable things and returning trusts to their
rightful owners. We prepare for death by eliminating hatred
and enmity from our hearts. We prepare for death by being
good to our kith and kin.


During death and its pain; in the grave and its darkness; and
the Day of Resurrection and its horror, people fall into two
groups. A group shall remain firm; secured from fear and




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given glad tidings of Paradise while the other group shall
suffer disgrace and humiliation.


As for the unbelievers, when death comes to them and they
start suffering its agonies, they will be subjected to
humiliation and disgrace.


Their sorrow shall increase so much so that they will wish to
go back to this world.


Dear Brothers! Allah the Most Gracious has given us ample
time to repent over our past wrongdoings and misdeeds.
Allah divides His servants into two categories only: the
repentant and the wrongdoers. There is no third category.
Allah calls those who do not make taubah, "zalimun"
(wrongdoers and transgressors) and no one is more of a
wrongdoer and a transgressor than a person who does not
repent for his evil actions. This state is a result of a person's
ignorance of his Lord and the rights due to Him, as well as,
his own defects and the evil of his deeds.

The perfect guidance to the Straight Path cannot be attained
with the indifference to sins or the persistence on sins.
Indifference to sins negates the knowledge of guidance.

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Persistent sinning negates the intention and the will of the
servant. Thus, tawbah will not be valid except after one
recognises the sins, admits to them and seeks to rid oneself
of their evil consequences.

The evil effects of sin often go unnoticed in most of us.
Hence constant self-evaluation (or muhasabah) is necessary
in leading us away from sin and its destructive ends. One
can do this by focusing on the following.

1. The fear of dying before making taubah.

2. Remorse about the good that was missed because of the
disobedience of Allah.

3. Working seriously on regaining what has been missed.

Not attempting to rectify one‟s sin means persistence on it
and satisfaction with it. This is the sign of ruin. Worse, if we
believe that Allah watches us, yet we proceed to commit sins
publicly, this is a great contradiction. But if we don't believe
that He watches us, then we are completely out of the
boundaries of Islam. Therefore, one of the conditions of the
acceptance of taubah is that a person should firmly believe
that Allah was watching and that He will always watch over
him. He sees everything during the act of sins.

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The repenting servant should realise that returning to Allah is
actually turning away from the road of destruction, where
Satan had taken him. He should know the number of steps
taken away from Allah and the efforts and obstacles that he
must strongly work on to get back to the Straight Path.




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