Life and Death

Life and death are two opposites, the difference between light and darkness, so the term life is defined as the opposite to death and vise versa, in Arabic language the term death come from stillness so, the life shows movements. Every still thing is dead and every moving thing is alive.

Every living thing will be dead, death will overcome us even if we were in fortified towers, Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) says in surah 4:78 (سورة النساء)

أَيْنَمَا تَكُونُوا۟ يُدْرِككُّمُ ٱلْمَوْتُ وَلَوْ كُنتُمْ فِى بُرُوجٍۢ مُّشَيَّدَةٍۢ ۗ وَإِن تُصِبْهُمْ حَسَنَةٌۭ يَقُولُوا۟ هَـٰذِهِۦ مِنْ عِندِ ٱللَّهِ ۖ وَإِن تُصِبْهُمْ سَيِّئَةٌۭ يَقُولُوا۟ هَـٰذِهِۦ مِنْ عِندِكَ ۚ قُلْ كُلٌّۭ مِّنْ عِندِ ٱللَّهِ ۖ فَمَالِ هَـٰٓؤُلَآءِ ٱلْقَوْمِ لَا يَكَادُونَ يَفْقَهُونَ حَدِيثًۭا

Wherever you may be, death will overcome you—even if you were in fortified towers.” When something good befalls them, they say, “This is from Allah,” but when something evil befalls them, they say, “This is from you.” Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “Both have been destined by Allah.” So what is the matter with these people? They can hardly comprehend anything!

And, Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) says in surah 3:168 (سورة آل عمران)

ٱلَّذِينَ قَالُوا۟ لِإِخْوَٰنِهِمْ وَقَعَدُوا۟ لَوْ أَطَاعُونَا مَا قُتِلُوا۟ ۗ قُلْ فَٱدْرَءُوا۟ عَنْ أَنفُسِكُمُ ٱلْمَوْتَ إِن كُنتُمْ صَـٰدِقِينَ

Those who sat at home, saying about their brothers, “Had they listened to us, they would not have been killed.” Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ Try not to die1 if what you say is true!”

And, Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) says in surah 62:8 (سورة الجمعة)

قُلْ إِنَّ ٱلْمَوْتَ ٱلَّذِى تَفِرُّونَ مِنْهُ فَإِنَّهُۥ مُلَـٰقِيكُمْ ۖ ثُمَّ تُرَدُّونَ إِلَىٰ عَـٰلِمِ ٱلْغَيْبِ وَٱلشَّهَـٰدَةِ فَيُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ

Say, “The death you are running away from will inevitably come to you. Then you will be returned to the Knower of the seen and unseen, and He will inform you of what you used to do.”

And, Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) says in surah 3:185 (سورة آل عمران)

كُلُّ نَفْسٍۢ ذَآئِقَةُ ٱلْمَوْتِ ۗ وَإِنَّمَا تُوَفَّوْنَ أُجُورَكُمْ يَوْمَ ٱلْقِيَـٰمَةِ ۖ فَمَن زُحْزِحَ عَنِ ٱلنَّارِ وَأُدْخِلَ ٱلْجَنَّةَ فَقَدْ فَازَ ۗ وَمَا ٱلْحَيَوٰةُ ٱلدُّنْيَآ إِلَّا مَتَـٰعُ ٱلْغُرُورِ

Every soul will taste death. And you will only receive your full reward on the Day of Judgment. Whoever is spared from the Fire and is admitted into Paradise will ˹indeed˺ triumph, whereas the life of this world is no more than the delusion of enjoyment.

It is necessary to stabilize this fact in the soul: the fact that life on this earth is set in time and is limited by deadline, and then its end will surely come, the righteous will die and the bad will die.

Everyone dies, every soul tastes from this cup, There is no difference between one soul and another in tasting this potion from the cup that is circulating over everyone, but the difference is in the final fate

وَإِنَّمَا تُوَفَّوْنَ أُجُورَكُمْ يَوْمَ ٱلْقِيَـٰمَةِ ۖ فَمَن زُحْزِحَ عَنِ ٱلنَّارِ وَأُدْخِلَ ٱلْجَنَّةَ فَقَدْ فَازَ ۗ وَمَا ٱلْحَيَوٰةُ ٱلدُّنْيَآ إِلَّا مَتَـٰعُ ٱلْغُرُورِ

And you will only receive your full reward on the Day of Judgment. Whoever is spared from the Fire and is admitted into Paradise will ˹indeed˺ triumph, whereas the life of this world is no more than the delusion of enjoyment.

And the term (زُحْزِحَ) {spared or diverted} draws its form, and casts its shadow, it is powerful image. It’s a live scene. There is movement and tension and attraction! Fire has charm! Isn’t sin attractive? Doesn’t the soul need to divert it from the attraction of sin? Indeed! When a person realizes the grace of God, that God has diverted him from the fire!

وَمَا ٱلْحَيَوٰةُ ٱلدُّنْيَآ إِلَّا مَتَـٰعُ ٱلْغُرُورِ

whereas the life of this world is no more than the delusion of enjoyment.

This life in this world is enjoyment. But it is not the enjoyment of truth, nor the enjoyment of being awake. It is a enjoyment that deceives a person, so he thinks it is enjoyment, Enjoyment created by vanity and deceit!

the real enjoyment that is worth the effort to obtain It is winning Paradise after diverting from Hell.

This fact is the truth. When the soul has taken out of its account the story of keenness on life – as every soul will taste death in any case – and removed from its account the story of fleeting vanity.

Questions

What is the meaning of death and life?

What is the importance to stabilize that we have limited time on this life?

Give review on the word (زُحْزِحَ) diverted?

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