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Agony of death – Friday Khutbah And the stupor of death will come in truth: This is what you have been avoiding! And the Trumpet will be blown – that will be the Day whereof warning (had been given) (i.e. the Day of Resurrection). And every person will come forth along with an (angel) to drive (him) and an (angel) to bear witness. (It will be said to the sinners): Indeed you were heedless of this. Now We have removed from you, your covering, and sharp is your sight this Day! [50:19-22] O Se
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   Agony of death –Friday Khutbah  And the stupor of death will come in truth: This is what you have been avoiding!  And the Trumpet will be blown – that will be the Day whereof warning (had been given) (i.e. the Day of Resurrection). And every person will come forth along with an(angel) to drive (him) and an (angel) to bear witness. (It will be said to the sinners): Indeed you were heedless of this. Now We have removed from you, your covering,and sharp is your sight this Day! [50:19-22]  O Servants of Allaah! Fear Allah, Your Lord did not create you in vain and willnot leave you unavailing, so take provision from this life by which you can protect yourself tomorrow.The time of death is concealed and wishes are deceiving. Funerals pass by people,and they prepare them, pray over the deceased, accompany them and carry themto their final abode. You see people viewing them causally and perhaps they might get slightly saddened or grieved, but very soon they become overwhelmedagain with the ravishment of this life and the heedlessness of living.Respected brothers! Life is evidence against those who are heedless and theirdays lead them to wretchedness. How can one hope for the reward in theHereafter without righteous deeds? How can someone wish to repent while beingheedless and hoping to live longer? Woe to the people of heedlessness! When they are given something, they are notsatisfied and when they are deprived of anything, they become discontent. They enjoin that which they do not do themselves and forbid what they do not refrainfrom. They continuously criticize others and compromise with themselves.O people! How many people trusted life but it betrayed them and how many  were assured by it, that were let down? How many swindlers got deceived in it? And, how many arrogant people became degraded and honourable oneshumiliated by it? Power in this life alternates, it is never stable. Its sweetnesssoon becomes bitter and its bitterness sweet. People of might becomeoverpowered. Life is short, the great things in it are few in number and this life very soon turns out to be as though it never even existed. Its happiness eventually turns into sorrow, health into sickness, and wealth into poverty. Its days aredeceiving and it commands people with evil. It consists of vanishing pleasures, 1  afflicting adversities or death. Its structure is soon destroyed, people unite butsoon separate, and everything on earth turns into dust.People of heedlessness are never satisfied, regardless of how much they may accumulate. They do not achieve all they wish for and are not prepared for whatthey are approaching. They collect but do not benefit from it, build that whichthey will not live in and hope for things that they will never achieve. Allaah saysthat which means: “Let them eat and enjoy themselves and be diverted by (false) hope, for they are going to know.”  (Al-Hijr: 3) One who wishes to live long, builds and demolishes and estimates but with a wrong estimation. He says something but does not do it, plans but does notimplement them, and things happen which are the opposite to that which has been planned. He does wrong and delays repentance, then death comes and thenhe will not benefit from his deeds; his family and friends leave him and there areno longer any excuses. Allaah says that which means, “Then have you considered if We gave them enjoyment for years. And then there came to them that which they were promised? Theywould not be availed by the enjoyment which they were provided.”  (Ash-Shu’araa’: 205 – 207) Oh people of heedlessness! O Muslim brothers and sisters! The Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam said in a  Hadeeth:   “Abundantly remember the destroyer of pleasures (meaningdeath)”  (An-Nasaa’i) . This is the advice of your Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam which consists of a few words but is concise; short but effective. Indeed, he who remembers death as it should be remembered willhold himself accountable and question himself about his deeds and aspirations.But one who has a heedless heart, as  Imaam Al Qurtubi  , may Allaah have mercy upon him, said:  Needs long speeches and embellished statements .   Abundantly remember the destroyer of pleasures, which will separate those who are united:  “None will remember it (meaning death) while in hardship but will  feel ease and while at ease but will feel disturbed”. (Tabaraani) I swear by Allaah! Each one of us will come to an end, and each soul will die. Theearth will eat our flesh and drink our blood - just as we walk over it, eat from itsfruits and drink from its water. Then it becomes like Allaah says, which means: ءاَش نَم ّلِإ ِضْرٱ ىِف نَمَو ِتـَّسٱ ىِف نَم َقِعَصَف ِرصٱ ىِف َخِُَو  ٰ ٰ  َوُُظَي ٌاَِ ْُه َذِَف َْُأ ِِف َخِُ ّُث ُّٱ ٰ :مز[ 68 ] 2    “And the Horn will be blown, and whoever is in the heavens and whoever is on the earth will fall dead except whom Allaah wills.Then it will be blown again, and at once they will be standing,looking on.”    (Az- Zumar: 68).  Your Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam stood at the edge of a grave and criedas related in a  Hadeeth; he then said:  “O my brothers! For this, prepare yourselves”.   (Ibn Maajah)  A manasked the Messenger sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam : “Who is the most wise of people O Messenger of Allaah?” He replied: “The one who remembers death most often and the one who is well- prepared to meet it; these are the wise; honourable in this life and dignified in the Hereafter.”    (Ibn Maajah & Tabaraani) . In another  Hadeeth, he, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam said: ((ت دعب ا و س  نم ك))   “The wise one is he who reproaches himself and acts in preparation for what is after death.”  (Ahmad) Al Hasan, may Allaah have mercy on him, said: “Death has exposed the reality of life and left no reason for one with a sound mind to be happy in it.  Yunus Ibn ‘Ubayd  said:  The remembrance of death deprived us from enjoying our families and wealth.   Also,  Mutarrif  said: Death spoils for the people of pleasure, their enjoyment. So look for pleasure inwhich there is no death. The people of Paradise do not die, so their lives will become comfortable, and they do not become sick, so they live a pleasant,eternal life.”  O Muslims! Remember death and all its hardships, the rattling of ones soul in thethroat and remember the terrifying screams one will give; for he who remembersdeath often, Allaah will bless him with three things: immediate repentance,contentment of the heart, and vigour for worship. Moreover, he who forgetsdeath will be afflicted with three things: delay in repentance, discontentment, andlaziness in worship.Death is enough of a reason to break hearts, shed tears, destroy pleasures, dividepeople and ruin all hopes. The dead are made to be lonely after having lived with 3  their families; they live in darkness after having been in the light; in tightnessafter having lived in wide space, and under the soil after having walked the earth.They become bare-footed, naked and alone. The grave is their dwelling, dust istheir shroud, and mortal remains are their neighbors, who cannot hear a call norrespond to it. They lived long and owned much, but it did not benefit them whenthe command of their Lord came. So their homes became graves and what they collected was lost. Their money went to their inheritors, their wives re-marriedand what they were promised came to them. Allaah says that which means:   َُعَجْُ َل اَْَِإ ْُكّَأَو ًاََ ْُكـَْََ اَّَأ ْُْِسَحَفَأ ٰ :مؤ[ 115] “Then did you think that We created you uselessly and that to Usyou would not be returned?”  (Al-Mu’minoon: 115) Have you ever thought, O servant of Allaah, about the day that you will die? - Theday that you cannot delay and in which regret will not benefit you? Remove thecover of heedlessness from your heart for you will soon be standing before theOne who knows the whims and whispers of the hearts, Who asks about theactions of the eyes and holds one accountable for what he hears. Allaah says that which means: ٌةَِفاَ ْُكِم ىَْَ َل َُَْعُ ٍِئَمْَي  ٰ :ةاح[ 18 ] “That Day, you will be exhibited (for judgment); not hidden amongyou is anything concealed..”    (Al-Haaqqah: 18)  Contemplate death, for it prevents one from disobedience, softens a hard heart,stops one from trusting this life and makes one feel ease at the time of hardships.Remember death so that you may be saved at the time of regret.  Al Hasan, may  Allaah have mercy on him, said : .ت سو ت ك :اص  ي ل ،آ نب اي ـو ـصي ف غ ى ـأو ت ي ـسحو كـس ر. ام رد لو ى ام رد . ة لو اف ذ ى  ي ل ر   O son of Aadam! Fear Allaah, and let two things not happen to you at thesame time: the hardships and agony of death, plus sorrow and regret. Bewareof agonies and regrets, for death will come to you suddenly and no one candescribe to you what you will face and see. Beware, so as not to die while in astate of disobedience, otherwise you will meet Allaah with no excuse.   4
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