Just as day replaces night, spring follows winter, and autumn takes the place of summer, death follows life. The Creator, Who governs everything, does nothing in vain. He creates the most beautiful and intricate beings out of the lowest, seemingly unpromising, materials. Since it is the very nature of His creativity to bestow freshness and novelty continually upon His creation, and since He sets on and motivates everything to mature and develop, risings and settings necessarily succeed each in this world.
Such a question arises from false reasoning and an error in belief. If life were only the life in this world, if this world were the first and the last resort of life, that question might be considered a quite sensible and reasonable one. But if this world is a preparing ground and ante chamber, and the world to come is the fruit and harvest of this one, and a place of rest and felicity, free of toil and hardship, then the question is an aimless one. Continue reading “Why do some innocent people die in disasters along with others who may have deserved such a fate?”
At the time of death, believers experience the opening of windows from their places in Paradise. Prophet Muhammad stated that the souls of such people are drawn out as gently as the flowing of water from a pitcher. Better than that, martyrs do not feel death’s agonies of and do not realize that they are dead. Instead, they think that they have been transferred to a better world and enjoy perfect happiness.
Since all angels were created from light, they can be present in any place and in any form simultaneously. They also can perform countless tasks at the same time. Therefore, ‘Azra’il can take millions of souls simultaneously and without any confusion. Continue reading “What about the Angel of Death?”
Those who believe and do righteous deeds have no reason to fear death. Although it appears to us as decomposition and the extinction of life and its pleasures, in fact it is no more than a discharge from the heavy duties of worldly life, a change of residence, and a transferral of the body. It is an invitation to and the beginning of everlasting life.
When an animal dies, it is forgotten and its burial place is lost. However, this is not the case with a human being. Are the people who do not preserve the memories and tombs of their ancestors aware that they reduce them to the rank of animals? Respect for the dead means a security granted to the living concerning their own future.
. . . And He knows all that is on land and in the sea; and not a leaf falls but He knows it; and neither is there a grain in the earth’s deep darkness, nor anything living or dead, but is recorded in His clear Decree. (6:59)
Death is the foundation of life. Nothing goes to waste. Each death is a door to a new life. This is because the Supreme Being, who exercises free disposal over the creation, allows no waste. He gives existence to the most precious of creatures out of the meanest of things. He has subjected the creation to constant flux and renewal through the cycle of death and life, to an incessant motion towards its final perfection.
“Those who when afflicted with calamity say: We belong to God, and our return shall be to Him (2:155-156).”
My brother, your child’s death saddened me. But, “the command is God’s,” contentment with the Divine decree and submission to Divine Determining is a mark of Submission. May Almighty God grant you all patience. And may He make the deceased a supporter and intercessor for you in the hereafter. I shall explain Five Points, which are truly good news and offer real consolation for you, and pious believers like you:
Every event, including the manner and time of death, are predestined. Everything occurs within the framework of the Divine Decree, and also within an individual plan for each being. Such plans are always in harmony with one another. This is a system established by God in the past eternity. It never changes, and will continue in the future eternity.