Death does not discriminate

Death does not discriminate

No matter your wealth, your health, your height, your weight. Death does not discriminate.

When you see the well off supposedly “winning at life”, know that you can only “win” at death.

You win when you see the angels of mercy coming to take your soul. If you see the angels of punishment, you lose.

You win when your last words are firm on the statement of tawheed[1]. You lose if you are prevented from saying so.

Whether you’re a hundred years or a minute old, the angel of death can take a hold.

Death will not look at your bank account and give you a year extension.

Death will not look at your hair colour, your skin colour or your eye colour and grant you more time.

Whether you are a millionaire with mansions and treasures, death will bypass your security measures.

It has all been decreed and there are no exceptions. Death and its stupor[2] took the greatest of men (صلى الله عليه وسلم).

He was more deserving than us for time extended. He was the Messenger who came to us with truth and salvation.

Death took him and it will take us too. It is a promise made my He who does not break them.

Everything has its appointed time[3] and in this is the Sunnah of Allaah.

Death and destruction are destined for creation; as was the fate of the previous nations.

Yet, in death, there is hope still. If you were righteous and firm and it is Allaah’s will.

Eternal paradise or eternal hellfire are what await. Truly, death does not discriminate.

 

 

[1]Allaah said: “Allaah will keep firm those who believe, with the word that stands firm in this world (i.e. they will keep on worshipping Allaah Alone and none else), and in the Hereafter.And Allaah will cause to go astray those who are Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc.), and Allaah does what He wills.” 14:27

[2] Allaah said: “And the stupor of death will come in truth: ‘This is what you have been avoiding!'” 50:19

Also refer to this hadith
[3] Allaah said: “Do they not think deeply (in their ownselves) about themselves (how Allah created them from nothing, and similarly He will resurrect them)? Allah has created not the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them, except with truth and for an appointed term. And indeed many of mankind deny the Meeting with their Lord.” 30:8

 

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Sheikh Zayd ibn Hadi Al-Madkhali

This morning, Allaah decreed that the angel of death take the soul of the ‘Allaamah, the Sheikh, Zayd ibn Hadi Al-Madkhali.

إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون

May Allaah shower His mercy upon the Sheikh, forgive his errors and house him in one of the gardens of the gardens of Paradise.

It is truly a calamity when the Ummah loses a Salafi scholar. The Messenger(ﷺ) said:

“Allaah does not take away the knowledge, by taking it away from (the hearts of) the people, but takes it away by the death of the religious learned men till when none of the (religious learned men) remains, people will take as their leaders ignorant persons who when consulted will give their verdict without knowledge. So they will go astray and will lead the people astray.” {Sahih Al Bukhari}

May Allaah have mercy on us and guide us. Indeed we are in a time where the Salafi scholars are few and the scholars of misguidance are many. It is only by the mercy of Allaah that we are guided to the correct way and the death of the honourable Sheikh highlights that we have very little time before death comes to each one of us.

We do not praise anyone beyond their worth, and we judge them based on their actions. That being said, Sheikh Zayd was a fountain of knowledge. His books, audios and explanations are many and are of great benefit to this Ummah. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

“When a person dies, his deeds are cut off except for three: Continuing charity, knowledge that others benefited from, and a righteous son who supplicates for him.” {Sahih, from At-Tirmithi}

We ask that Allaah continues to benefit the Ummah through the works of the Sheikh and that He write it in his scale of good deeds. May the Salaah and Salaam be upon Muhammad, his wives, companions and all those who follow them in righteousness.

 

The vision of the hearts

In many places in the Qur’aan, Allaah speaks of the sight of the heart. It is far more dangerous for the heart to be blinded than it is for the eyes, since it is the heart which leads man to believe in Allaah and to stay firm upon His obedience. If the heart is corrupted then there is little hope for the prosperity of the slave as the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

“…Indeed there is in the body a piece of flesh, which if it sound then the whole body is sound, and if it is corrupt then the whole body is corrupt. Indeed it is the heart.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Allaah mentions in his book:

“Have they not travelled through the land, and have they hearts wherewith to understand and ears wherewith to hear? Verily, it is not the eyes that grow blind, but it is the hearts which are in the breasts that grow blind.” [22:46]

This blindness results in ultimate misery; the possessor of a blind heart wanders aimlessly through life, forgetting his purpose and following his whims and desires, but the heat of the Hell fire will  certainly cause his vision to return on that inevitable Day. Allaah said:

“(It will be said to the sinners): ‘Indeed you were heedless of this, now We have removed your covering, and sharp is your sight this Day!’” [50:22]

Allaah mentions that the basaa’ir (proofs/enlightenment) came but the doomed blinded themselves to it:

“Verily, proofs have come to you from your Lord, so whosoever sees, will do so for (the good of) his ownself, and whosoever blinds himself, will do so to his own harm, and I (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) am not a watcher over you.” [6:104]

 It is a tragedy if the slave’s heart loses sight. The eyes may be blinded and cause harm in this life but the harm that comes from a blind heart will transcend into the next life. There is hope for the visually blind as the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

“Allaah said, ‘If I deprive my slave of his two beloved things (i.e. his eyes) and he remains patient, I will let him enter Paradise in compensation for them.'” [Sahih Al-Bukhari]

There is, however, no hope for the one whose heart is blind. They are worse than animals:

“Or do you think that most of them hear or understand? They are only like cattle; nay, they are even farther astray from the Path. (i.e. even worst than cattle).” [25:44]

 May Allaah have mercy on us and protect our hearts from blindness and corruption. May He grant us insight upon tawheed and ittiba’ of His Messenger, upon whom be salutations and peace.