Is death something to fear?
In the Name of God, the Merciful the Compassionate.
(This is a conversation held with some young people who are surrounded by
temptations but have still been able to retain their power of judging what is
happening around them.)
Death is inevitable and, whether willingly or unwillingly, everyone will
enter the grave. Apart from the following three ways, there is no other way
of entering into it:
First way: For the believers, the grave is the door to a world more
beautiful than this one.
Second way: For those who confirm the next life but follow the way
of dissipation and misguidance, it is the door to a solitary imprisonment, an
eternal jail, where they will be separated from all their loved ones. Since
they do not practice their belief, that is exactly how they will be punished.
Third way: For the unbelievers and the misguided who do not believe
in the Hereafter, it is the door to eternal �execution�; that is, it is the
gallows on which both they and their comrades will be executed as an eternal
punishment. Since they believe death to be an execution with no resurrection,
they will be punished eternally.
The appointed hour is secret. Death may come at any time to cut off anyone,
without differentiating between young and old. In the face of so awesomely threatening
a reality, miserable man will surely search, as a matter of the utmost urgency
and concern in his life, for the means to deliver himself from eternal punishment
and from an unending imprisonment. Surely man will search for the means to change
the door of the grave into a door opening onto a permanent world of light and
Death will be experienced in these three ways; this is a fact which was reported
by one hundred and twenty-four thousand truthful reporters�the Prophets, in
whose hands are signs of truthfulness in the form of miracles. This report of
the Prophets has been confirmed by millions of saints relying on their discernment,
vision and intuitions. Also, innumerable painstaking, truth-seeking scholars
have proved it rationally with their decisive proofs at the level of �certainty
depending on established knowledge.� All these groups are unanimously agreed
that it is only through belief in God and obedience to Him that one can save
oneself from eternal punishment and imprisonment and make of the grave a way
to eternal happiness.
If only one single reliable reporter had warned that a particular way carried
a one percent risk of the traveller perishing on it, one would lose one's appetite
for that way because of the distress and fear that one percent risk of perishing
caused. However, hundreds of thousands of truthful, authoritative reporters�Prophets,
saints and painstaking scholars�and with demonstrable proofs of their truth,
have warned that misguidance and dissipation carry a one hundred percent risk
of the gallows of death and eternal punishment. By contrast, belief and worship
remove both gallows and imprisonment, and change the grave into a door opening
onto an eternal treasury, a palace of lasting happiness. Assume that in the
face of such an extraordinary, awesome and mighty warning, miserable man�especially
one who claims to be a Muslim�does not truly believe and worship. Then I ask
you how he will be able to overcome the anxieties that come from waiting for
his turn to be invited to those gallows, even supposing he had been given rule
over the whole world and all its pleasures.
Old age, illness, misfortune, and numerous instances of death everywhere
in the world, open up that frightful pain and remind us of it. Even if the people
of misguidance and dissipation seemingly enjoy innumerable kinds of pleasure
and delight, they are most certainly in a hellish state of spiritual torment,
albeit a profound stupor of heedlessness makes them temporarily insensible to
For an obedient believer the grave is the door to an eternal treasury and
endless happiness. Since, by reason of the �belief coupon,� a ticket from the
allocations of Destiny for billions worth of gold and diamonds has come up for
him, he constantly expects the invitation, �Come and collect your ticket� with
a secure and solid, profound pleasure and spiritual delight. This pleasure is
such that if it were to take on the material form of a seed, it would grow into
a private paradise. However, one who abandons this great delight and pleasure
for the sake of indulging the drives of youth, and chooses in a lustful, dissolute
manner, temporary illicit pleasures, which resemble poisonous honey certain
to give innumerable pains, falls to a degree a hundred times lower than an animal.
Such a person will not be like Western unbelievers�for they, if they deny their
own Prophet, may yet recognize another. If they deny all the Prophets, they
may yet recognize God; if they are atheists, they may yet possess some good
qualities which are the means to certain perfections. But a Muslim knows both
the Prophets, and his Lord, and all perfection by means of the Prophet Muhammad
(upon him be peace and blessings). So, any Muslim who abandons his instruction
and breaks with his line, he will no longer recognize any other Prophet, neither
will he find any support in his soul to preserve any human perfection. The Prophet
Muhammad (upon him be peace and blessings) is the last and the greatest of the
Prophets, superior to all with respect to his mission, miracles and accomplishment.
He came with a universal religion and Message encompassing all time and peoples,
and is therefore the cause of pride for mankind. A Muslim who abandons the principles
of his training and the fundamentals of his religion will most certainly not
be able to find any light or achieve any perfection. He will be condemned to
absolute loss and decline.
So, you unfortunates who are addicted to the pleasures of worldly life and,
troubled about your future, struggle to secure it and your lives! If you want
pleasure, delight, happiness, and ease in this world, be content with what is
religiously lawful. That suffices for your enjoyment. You must have understood
from the foregoing explanations that in each pleasure forbidden by religion
lie a thousand pains. Suppose the events of the future�for example, of fifty
years hence�were also shown in the cinema in the same way that they now show
events of the past. Those who are now leading a dissipated life would weep with
horror and disgust at the things with which they entertain themselves.
Those who wish to be permanently, eternally happy in this world and the next
should follow the instruction of Muhammad (upon him be peace and blessings)
on the firm ground of belief.
So, you unfortunates who are addicted to the pleasures of worldly
life and, troubled about your future, struggle to secure it and your lives!
If you want pleasure, delight, happiness, and ease in this world, be content
with what is religiously lawful.