Lesson One Hundred Twenty Eight: A Forgotten Reality
Imam As-Sadiq (a.s.) said:
لَمْ يَخْلُقِ اللّهُ يَقِيناً لاشَكَّ فِيهِ أَشْبَهُ بِشَكٍّ لا يَقينَ فِيهِ مِنَ الْمَوْتِ!
God has not created a certainty as doubt-free as death, but (going by man’s attitude towards death) it seems as if it is a doubtful thing in which there is never any certainty.1
What a strange phrase, and what a clear interpretation of man’s lack of attention to the inevitable end of his life .
Man can have doubts about anything and may not believe in any religion, but he cannot doubt the fact that sooner or later his life will end and meet he must with death.
Yet, surprisingly, his lifestyle conveys the impression that he is unconcerned and unaware of death as if he was immortal!
Thus, he does not prepare himself for receiving it with faith, good deeds, purity and virtue. Let us be realistic and accept that one is bound to die and it can happen at any time. That being the case, we must keep ourselves pure and prepared at all times to avoid regret and shame when death does catch up with us.
- 1. Tuhaful Uqul, page 271. Men La Yahthuruhu Alfaqih, vol 1, page 194. Al-Khisal, vol 1, page 14.