6. Ponder over the fact that the angel of death does not give respite. It must not be that whilst obeying the nafs in sinful pleasures, the angel of death visits; and departure is in disgrace, and return to Allah Ta‘ala is at a time when He is angry, and that death is an embarrassment to the person, the family and community who find out that death came in sin. May Allah Ta‘ala protect us all from death in a state of transgression which has become very common these days.
Whereas in the past, we heard of Muslims dying in sajdah, in a state of fasting, while occupied in recitation of Quraan Majeed, in other noble actions, today, we hear and read of Muslims dying in prostitute quarters, in rave clubs, while viewing pornography, or due to drugs and other intoxicants, etc.
Death visits more often, very unexpectedly, and no true Muslim would want to be seized by the angel of death when Allah Ta‘ala is displeased. I often say, “We now have instant tea, instant coffee, instant cereal, instant pudding and so many other things on the market that are instant. However, we are also living in times when death is instant.” So any sin is too much of a risk in the face of the reality of death. As is commonly said:
“Your resurrection will be how you have died, and you will die in the manner you have lived.”
Would any Muslim want to rise up on the day of judgment in sin, for all of mankind to witness what kind of life he led?
(to be continued insha-Allah)
Moulana Yunus Patel (rahimahullah) mentioned:
In a hadeeth qudsi, Allah Ta‘ala says:
“Verily evil glancing is an arrow from the poisonous arrows of shaitaan. Whosoever fears Me (Allah Ta‘ala) and refrains from it, will receive from Me such imaan, the sweetness of which he will taste (feel) in his heart.”
Our respected Shaikh, Moulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahimahullah) had mentioned that if a person is a lover of sweets and he is informed that in a certain district, there are many sweet shops, the person will feel happy, thinking that when he has to go there, he will be able to enjoy sweetness any time he wishes to.
Moulana (rahimahullah) then explained that when we are in public areas and other venues, where there will be strange women present, we should consider these as opportunities to lower the gaze and enjoy the sweetness of imaan, as Allah Ta’ala has promised.
Of course, this should not be misconstrued to mean that we frequent places of fitnah and temptation. If there is a raging inferno or wildfire, it consumes everything in its path. A person avoids the fire, he does not want to get close to the fire. If he is near, he adopts all strategies to safeguard himself from harm and distances himself as quickly as possible. The same should be done when it comes to sin and temptation.
The prize of sweetness of imaan is for the taking. The condition is self-restraint. It is left to us to secure… And it is not difficult. We have the courage to stare at strange women (or vice versa) and commit other sins, in the presence of Allah Ta‘ala. That type of courage and boldness, to commit sins… to deliberately disobey Allah Ta’ala… is insolence and invites punishment. That same courage should be used against the carnal self and shaitaan. Oppose nafs and shaitaan. They are enemies.
(Understanding True Love pg.13)