Sheikh Abdul Latif Ahmed Baqee dies while giving lecture.Indeed, to Allah we belong and to Him we shall return.
Every Muslim in the world dreams for a death which ends up giving shahada. Whenever a Muslim is born, one of his family member give Azan in his or her ears so that the life starts with a blessing. If he or she dies while giving Shahada then paradise is confirmed for that person.
According to a Sahih Hadith, “if a person’s last words are“La ilaha ila-Allah, Paradise will be guaranteed for him.”
For a Muslim it is a blessing, a big relief to his soul. The Muslim pray every day for a death like this. We bring the story of a man named Sheikh Abdul Latif Ahmed Baqee who was invited in a wedding ceremony and he died while giving lecture on marriage.
Death is a reality in which all human beings believe. However, it is also a reality which most of us like to keep out of our minds.
In Islam, death is not an end to our existence; it is a passage, which takes us from this world to the hereafter – the actual purpose for our creation and the result of our work in this life. Whether we fear death or not depends on how much we have prepared for the reckoning of the Day of Judgement.
Preparing for death is a lifetime’s job. It begins on the day you reach the age of balagha and are held accountable for your deeds in the eyes of Almighty Allah. Imam ‘Ali bin Abu Talib (R.A) has beautifully described the preparation for death as follows:
“Fulfilling the obligations, refraining from forbidden things and acquiring noble character.”
In this article, I have attempted to present some of the things which all believers are either required or strongly urged to do just before death by the shariah.
First of all, we must consider one thing clearly that this world is a preparation for the next world. We are sent to this earth for specific reasons . If we fail to follow those aims, we are definitely going to lose Jannah. The pleasures of this earth is an illusion of eyes which keep on indulging you towards itself. The more you feel for it, the more it attracts you. In the end a time will come that we will become unaware of right and wrong.
Preparation for Death
Before death, try your best to fulfill the obligations, which are upon you in regard to the creatures as well as the Creator
Return to the owners whatever has been given to you as a trust or write it down in your will so that the executor of your will shall return the trust to its rightful owner.
In Islam, you are allowed to dispose up to one-third of your estate for whomsoever or whatever cause you like. As for the two thirds, it must be distributed among your heirs according to the shares allocated for them in the shariah.
Make a will in writing or verbally about those religious obligations which you could not fulfill by yourself and which cannot be done on your behalf by others except after your death: the Qadha prayers, fasting and Holy Pilgrimage (Hajj), etc. You should specify the amount from the one-third of your estate to be used to hire people to do such deeds. If you cannot afford this, then you may request your heirs to do unfulfilled rituals on your behalf voluntarily or pay someone else to do so.
It is also recommended, if your financial circumstances allow you, to include your deserving relations in the one-third of your estate.
It is recommended to forgive your brethren in Iman (faith) for whatever wrong they may have done to you. On the other hand, you should ask your brethren in Iman to forgive you for the intentional and unintentional wrong you may have done to them.
May God give strength to follow Islam and it’s obligations.