When their comes to us the inevitable call
The time for separation of body and soul
The moment which leaves everybody in mayhem
When the minds stop functioning at such an occasion
When the cries of the people around gather
With some of them trying to curb the matter
It’s the time for our final departure
Towards our Lord, the ultimate Master
Our children, our friends and our relatives
Our money, our houses and all our belongings
Nothing can be taken along with us there
Even though we managed them with utmost care
The only thing we carry are the deeds we acquire
Without doing them for the masses to admire.
We see people departing on this journey with our eyes
But why does this not effect our lives?
Why do we force ourselves to forget this bitter reality?
That today it was someone else, tomorrow it is us in actuality
The devil has surely succeeded in deluding us in his plot
Only few people take heed from such reminders*, Allah’s aid is sought
Remember, the time for our final departure is not distant
When our relatives will inform each other about it all hesitant
It’s high time that we change our lives and start the preparation
Before we fail in it and are left with self accusation.
– Written by Safi Ahmed
The situation in the poem above has been described by Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala (Glory be to Him the Most High) in the Quran as:
Nay, when (the soul) reaches to the collar bone (i.e. up to the throat in its exit),
And it will be said: “Who can cure him and save him from death?”
And he (the dying person) will conclude that it was (the time) of departing (death);
And leg will be joined with another leg (shrouded)
The drive will be, on that Day, to your Lord (Allah)!
[Surat Al Qiyamah; Ayahs 26-30]
*Indeed, the Hour is coming – no doubt about it – but most of the people do not believe.
[Surat Ghafir; Ayah 59]