Bismillahir rahmanir rahmeem
Death is a subject that many of us avoid. We don’t want to think about it happening to our loved ones and certainly not ourselves. As Muslims, we’re well aware that the only thing guaranteed in this life is death.
So how can we as Muslims ensure that we are prepared for death?
STAY IN A STATE OF WUDU
If a person is in a state of wudu’ when the Angel of Death comes, he will attain the status of martyrdom – Tabarani
Staying in a state of wudu not only ensures that if the Angel of Death comes for you, you’re in a pure state but it means you are always ready to pray your salah. Cleanliness if half of faith and by staying in a state of wudu, the angels will want to be around you.
PRAY YOUR SALAH
Praying on time and praying often will increase the chances of you passing away in this state. Every day we see stories from Makkah in the Haram of blessed brothers and sisters who have passed away in sujood and may Allah swt grant us all such a beautiful passing from this duniya, Ameen.
Salah is one of the most important elements of our faith. It is the thing that separates us from every other religion and creed. It is the thing that Rasulullah (saw) warned us about on his death bed. So will we not take heed?
Allah saw said: ‘Every deed of the son of Adam is for him except fasting; it is for Me and I shall reward for it…’ – Bukhari & Muslim
Fasting is one of those special deeds that is reserved solely for Allah swt. You could fast for a whole week and no one would know except Allah swt. Not only do you stay away from the haraam while you’re fasting, you express your love for Allah swt by staying away from the halal as well.
PERFORM GOOD DEEDS
This may seem like a given but every sincere deed that you perform is with Allah swt.
Verily! As for those who believe and do righteous deeds, certainly! We shall not suffer to be lost the reward of anyone who does his (righteous) deeds in the most perfect manner – Surah Al- Kahf : 30
I’ve heard so many stories about people who perform good deeds and then go onto to have beautiful deaths subhanAllah. There is no better task in this life than to secure your place in the akhirah with Allah swt in jannah. And gaining good deeds in Islam is soo easy! I wrote a post about simple ways to give sadaqah all year round but even smiling in the face of your brother or sister is sadaqah! Just think about it, you may be one good deed away from jannah and one bad deed away from the hellfire. Which one would you prefer?
And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided – Surah Baqarah : 186
At the end of every salah we have the opportunity to make dua. We usually seek refuge from the punishments of the grave, punishments of the hell fire, from the trials of life and death and from the trial of the Dajjal and may Allah swt protect us, Ameen.
But there are so many other dua’s we could make. One of my favourites is:
Oh Allah, our Lord, give us all the good of this world, and the good of the life hereafter, and save us from the punishment of the hell-fire
Allah swt won’t lose your duas so trust Him with them. Ask him, BEG him for a chance at jannah, for a beautiful death, for an easy trial in the grave.
One of the most important things we can do to prepare for death is to make istighfar. The Prophet (saw) used to make istighfar atleast 70 times a day.
And say (O Muhammad SAW): “My Lord! Forgive and have mercy, for You are the Best of those who show mercy!” – Surah Al-Muminoon :118
Allah swt is Al Ghaffaar (The Most Forgiving), and is the only one capable of wiping away all of your sins. Just imagine, on the Day of Judgement having your book handed to you in your right hand and discovering that Allah swt has forgiven you completely and you will enter jannah. May Allah swt enter us all into jannatul firdous (the highest level of jannah), Ameen.
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