By Shiraz Pradhan
Mention of the word ‘death’ whips up emotions of fear and sadness in most people. This is quite natural, because biological death marks the end of physical life on earth. To people, who are preoccupied with material things and sensual delights, death represents an end to all that. Religion aims to awaken in human beings the realisation that while life on this earth is short and transient, it has immense potentialities to achieve higher spiritual stations that lead to life eternal. The Holy Qur’an says:
“This life of the world is but a pastime and a game. Lo! the home of the Hereafter – that is Life, if they but knew.” — 29:64
Unfortunately, man is not impressed by the promise of eternal life which religion offers and hence, he continues to live in a manner so as to make the best of his short sojourn on this earth, believing that death is nothing but a passage into darkness and complete extinction. Shakespeare puts this very well, saying:
We are such stuff,
As dreams are made of;
And this life is
Rounded off with a sleep.
Islam, like all other revealed religions, teaches that death opens up a door into a different realm that enables the soul to experience the secrets of life hereafter. Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) is related to have said:
“This life on earth is a slumber, death marks the awakening of the soul”.
In Ismali tariqa (persuasion) of Islam, which is also a tariqa of jannat-bil-quwwat (potential paradise), anyone who truly offers his bay’at (allegiance) to Imami waqt (Imam-e-Zaman, Imam of the Time) is ushered into this jannah (paradise). (…)
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