Sunday, September 28, 2014

Ruminations on Life and Death

The thoughts and prayers of sincere believers revolve around their Lord. And they spend their moment in the Universe with a wider consciousness about the fleeting nature of time and would try to remain detached from, and unaffected by, events around them. In a recent conversation, the Khalifatullah Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib (atba) of Mauritius profoundly explained the right attitude to life to be adopted by true believers. Hadhrat Sahib (atba) was responding in the context of a mail written by a father about his little child’s dream and a subsequent incident at the house of the person concerned. For the benefit of our readers we reproduce below extracts from the exchanged letters. 

The letter addressed to Hadhrat Sahib (atba) read as follows:

“...A couple of days back in the morning, our little ... (child) got up to say that he saw a dove in his dream. And I was wondering what could that dream may mean.
This morning, it so happened that a dove entered the main hall of our house from the balcony and got hit in the ceiling fan, which was at full speed and it fell dead. A bird flying high, gets caught up in a revolving machine and it fell dead on its wings, in the blink of an eye. Between the throbbing life and the stillness of mortality there was nothing but a transient moment
Kindly pray that Allah (swa)'s Mercy and Grace allow us to do some good deeds before one's time is up,
Fi Amaanillah

In view of this letter, Hadhrat Sahib (atba) responded:

“...Verily death is an inevitable turn of our life. Indeed we all must pray to Allah that we stay firm to Him and His signs until our last breath, for like a dove, pure and chaste, the disciples of the Messenger of Allah may be counted among the messengers of peace around the world. A true believer is he/she who remains true to his/her faith until his/her final hour on earth.

There is something that this humble self have always said to my disciples and close ones ever since Allah has elevated me as His Messenger:

Life should be lived as if there is no tomorrow, worship of Allah should be done as if there is no hope to see another minute and thus it becomes imperative for a true believer that he/she recognizes the Messenger of Allah of his times before his/her time is up and that he/she sacrifices himself/herself to his/her utmost capacity so that he/she may be counted among the elites in the sight of Allah.

The time of a Messenger of Allah is very brief on earth, for once his mission is over, Allah Himself takes him back to Him safe and sound, and fortunate are those who live in the times of the Messenger of Allah and get to live spirituality and in the true sense of life as his right hand, those who shall Insha-Allah outlive him to pass on the message. [Inset: Sir Choudhary Muhammad Zafrullah Khan Sahib (1893-1985), who as a young man embraced the message of the Promised Massih Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) of Qadian, went on to live over eight decades after the Bai'at. In addition to playing a significant role in representing the causes of the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya at various levels and also, spreading the teachings of the Promised Massih (as) through his scholarly writings and translation works, Choudhary Sahib was a distinguished lawyer, statesman and international jurist, representing his country at the highest levels of public affairs)

As for those of his disciples who die before their divinely-sent chief-in-command, they are blessed in an extraordinary way for they get to live for the cause of Allah and His Messenger, sacrifices over sacrifices and get to have the prayers of the Messenger of Allah for them. Those are the forerunners of the divine manifestation in the hereafter. [Inset: Sahibzada Abdul Latif (1853- July 14, 1903) became the first martyr of the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya within a year of his accepting the Divine Message of the Promised Massih (as). He was executed  for exercising the fundamental human rights of freedom of conscience, of expression, of faith and belief by the unfortunate kingdom of Afghanistan and the incident took place in 1903, during the very life time of the Promised Massih (as).   

Like Allah says in the Holy Quran:  “…Those who die shall die after clear proof (for a clear reason) and those who survive may survive for a clear reason… (8: 43)

Verily physical death while remaining true to the Signs of Allah is infinitely better than Spiritual death which invites to the wrath of Allah both in this world and the next. While a believer should never seek death, but he should pray in this wonderful way: “O Allah, keep me alive so long as it is in my best interest and give me death when it is in my best interest.” (Ameen). 

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