Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“The Mu’min is a wonderful being. When goodness (prosperity) comes his way, he recites the praise of Allah and expresses Shukr (gratitude). When calamity befalls him, he (also) recites the praise of Allah and exercises Sabr (patience). Thus, the Mu’min is rewarded for everything even for the morsel of food which he (affectionately) raises to the mouth of his wife.”
Regarding the flu (and sickness in general), Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Nothing to worry. It is a purifier.”
Many people had been affected and are being affected by the current flu. While some had died, most have recovered. From those who had recovered, many believed that they were on the brink of Maut (death). However, Allah Ta’ala granted them an extension in the lease of life.
It is now of paramount importance to understand that Maut is ever stalking us. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that Maut calls us five times daily. It reminds us of its imminence. Those who have emerged from the Brush with Maut should now not become forgetful of the Aakhirah. The Brush with Maut was in reality a Rahmat of Allah Ta’ala to bring people closer to Him. During the state of indisposition, those who believed that they would die, were extremely fearful and supplicating for another chance. Allah Ta’ala has granted them this chance – this extension. Now they should not become ungrateful by forgetting their Brush with Maut.
Although the emotional state of fear will pass with time, the fear must be retained intellectually. There should be regular Muraaqabah Maut, Qabr and Aakhirah. Meditate every night for a few minutes on Maut, the Qabr and Aakhirah. Increase Istighfaar, Durood, and the Thikr of Laa ilaha il lallaah. Abstain totally from sin and futility. Abandon the haraam chat-groups. All chat groups even those masquerading as ‘deeni’ are shaiaatni. Cleanse the heart from all worldly idols, and focus on Allah Ta’ala.
If you have not understood the lesson despite having brushed against Maut, then understand that you are doomed.
Fear for Maut deters from sin and transgression. This is the objective of fear. But most people react insanely during times of calamity and sickness. Due to either extreme deficiency of Imaan or lack of Imaan, they believe that the adoption of kufr methods and the ideology of the atheists who deny the very Existence of Allah Ta’ala will save them from death or will prolong their life on earth. This is a monumental satanic deception. Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan Majeed:
“A person will not die except at the appointed time by the permission of Allah.”
Nothing will bring Maut forward and nothing will delay it. Keep the mind and heart with Allah Ta’ala and act in ways to ensure that the departure from this dunya is with our Imaan intact.

27 Zul Qa’dh 1441 – 20 July 2020

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