have we come from? Why are we here? Why this earth has become our birth-place? Where would we go after death? Where is the Paradise and Hell? These are some baffling questions, the answers of which could only be found in the heavenly religious scriptures. Different religions does have a common belief about our Mabda’ (origin of Creation) but as far as Ma’aad (return to the holy abode after this worldly life) is concerned there are wide differences. Life begins with the birth and ends with death. According to science, death is cessation or stoppage of all life processes in a body. Majority of ‘scientific’ people believe that death is an end of life and there is no life after death.
Death is portrayed differently in all the religions and the rituals after death also differ. Some burn their dead; some leave it for vultures to eat; some bury them; some leave it on the mountains; some store it by making mummies. Islaam says that, the death is just a junction or intersection in the endless process of life. We were something before birth, we are something in the life and we will be something after death. Life and death is nothing but constantly changing medium of universal life journey to attain truth and salvation. Allaah Ta’aala says in the Qur’an, “Kullo nafsin zaa’eqatul maute wa nablookum bis-sharre wal khaire fitnatan wa elaynaa turja’oon,” which means, ‘Every soul is going to taste death, and We shall make a trial of you with evil and with good, and to Us you will be returned.’(35/21) Also elsewhere Allaah Ta’aala says that, “Wamal hayaatud-duniyaa illaa mataa’ul ghuroor,” which means, ‘The life of this world is nothing but deceptive enjoyment.’ (185/3)
It is clear from the above verses that our soul will be tested with the good (blessings) and the bad (hardships), and surely the death is inevitable for all. Body is the medium through which a soul executes the deeds – either good or bad. After death, when the soul leaves the body no deed is obligatory on it. We don’t know what we were before our birth and what we will be in the future after we leave this world. In both the conditions we don’t have our soul in our hands except during our life-time. Hence our life – which is nothing but a blend of soul with body, is indeed not meant for the enjoyment and merry-making in this world but to achieve a high divine Goal – that is to return to Allaah. No one can return to Him unless one becomes pure and clean of all evils. This is a long process which can only be completed by abiding to the principles of the Shari’at – because it is the path shown by Allaah through His Prophets to the people for returning to the state of purity and chastity.
Rasoolullaah (saws) has said that “Mootu qabla an tamootu,” which means, ‘Die before the death!’ It sounds odd in the first instance but it engulfs endless lessons of learning. Allaah Ta’aala says in the Qur’an that, “Alhaakomut-takaasoro hatta zurtomul maqaabir,” which means, ‘The abundance of worldly things diverts you, until you visit the graves.’ (1, 2/102) Words of Rasoolullaah (saws) are in context to these verses of the Qur’an. As portrayed by the commentators and translators, it is not the worldly things that divert you but much more important than that are the inner instincts and desires – greed, jealousy, envy, anger, endless wishes etc. We need to kill all these evil things within us so that we become pure and pious before real death comes to us and our soul leaves the body. When a person kills the impurity of his soul (nafs-e-ammaarah) his adherence to the good deeds strengthens and this paves the path of the ascent of his soul. This process is coined as the life after death. All these evil things have indeed diverted us from our real goal of returning to Allaah. Surrender your soul to the Hujjat of Allaah – who may be Nabi, Wasi, Imaam or Da’i among you. All these Saheb-e-darajah will lift you up from the darkness of evil and show you the correct path. By doing this, indeed you will reach to such a state where no stain of the worldly evil will remain over you. Then be ready to meet the death – in such a pure and clean manner. Leading such a life – by killing the evil indeed will enlighten your eternal life.
This attainment is not possible without the Taa’at (obedience) of the Waliyullaah or Hujjatullaah because Allaah Ta’aala says that “Yaa aiyohallazeena aamanu atee’ullaaha wa atee’ur-rasoola wa olil amr-e-minkum,” which means, ‘O the ones who brought the faith (imaan), be obedient to Allaah and obedient to the Rasool and those who is Olil Amr (the saheb having command of Shari’at from Aal-e-Mohammad i.e. Imaam uz-Zamaan (as)) among you.’ (59/4) He is the Hujjat of Allaah who gives ‘Ilm ul-Yaqeen’ (potentiality of the knowledge) to us and with the help of that we will witness ‘Ayn ul-Yaqeen’ (actuality of the knowledge) in the Here After – Aakherat. May Allaah give us strength to make ourselves pure of all the evils of this world and by causing death of all evils we will have a peaceful death that will greet us with the true life and everlasting dwelling.