The family of Ustadh Usama Canon announced that he has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Tributes from around the world have poured in. Here, he speaks about what it was like to face his own mortality.
“Every soul shall taste death.” Qur’an 29:57. “Wheresoever you may be, death will overtake you even if you are in fortresses built up strong and high!” Qur’an 4:78.
Death is the reality from which none can escape. It draws nearer every day; every hour; every minute. According to the CIA’s The World Factbook 2007, almost two people die each second. Death is not a disaster, but simply a passing from this world onto the next. It should make us reflect and ponder about the purpose of life, and what will become of us after death.
Seeing that you were dead and He gave you life. Then He will give you death, then again will bring you to life (on the Day of Resurrection) and then unto Him you will return. (Surah Baqarah 2: 28)
What happens to us when we die? What is the soul? Where are heaven and hell? Is there a reckoning with the creator? Questions such as these about death and dying have frightened and fascinated humanity since the beginning of time. This session explores these existential questions by providing an overview of answers from the sacred scriptures. It examines the viability of reincarnation, the sensual imagery of Paradise, as well as what to make of near-death experiences. Theological scholarship combined with insight and sensitivity make this session thoroughly translatable, a simple introduction to profound and complicated subjects.
How would you live your last day? How would you talk? How would you pray? How would you work? How would you eat? What would you do? Mufti Menk shares advice on being prepared for our death. This was a Kuthba at Masjid Uthman delivered on 14th June 2013.
Brother Adeel Hussain died while travelling to the event where Mufti Ismail ibn Musa Menk was speaking. Upon hearing this news, Mufti Menk decided to change the topic and remind us all about death. We need to reflect on when and how we will die. How do you want to leave this world?
A very powerful reminder about the temporary nature of this worldly life, and the fact that we will enter our graves with only our faith and our good deeds that we did to please God. Given at the Islamic Center of Tennessee [theictn.org].
This classroom style lecture was given as part of the annual Dar al Islam Teachers’ Institute in New Mexico. The audience consisted of non-Muslim school teachers from around North America. The primary objective of this program was to educate the teachers about the fundamental Islamic beliefs and practices within the context of an interactive and intensive spiritual retreat. In this session, Hamza Yusuf outlines the five life stages of the human being according to the Holy Qur’an: the pre-worldly existence, the dunya (life on earth), the barzakh (grave), the Day of Judgment, and the final abode (Heaven and Hell). Although each stage is covered in detail, emphasis is placed on the dunya realm and death. Many interesting topics are explored relating to the unseen world, which according to the Islamic belief, makes up the vast majority of creation. A comprehensive talk that provides insight into the Muslim worldview and is ideal for people of all faiths. Other topics discussed: our disenchantment with the world, fitrah (human nature), and the age of discrimination.
Death is a topic not many people like to talk about due to the uncertainty of the grave and journey of the soul. Well, the beauty of Islam is that it has given us all we need to know about death and where we are ultimately heading. In this lecture Sheikh Feiz opens the viewer’s eye to the reality of death, through a few amazing true stories of people in there last few minutes before death overcomes them.