Say: Death, from which you are fleeing, will certainly catch up with you.
Then you will be returned to the Knower of the Unseen and the
Visible and He will inform you about what you did.
(Surat al-Jumu ah: 8)
Death may catch up with you at any time. Who knows, perhaps this is the moment. Or, it may be
much closer than you have ever expected.
These lines may be the last opportunity, the last reminder, the last warning before death comes upon
you. As you proceed with these lines, you can never know that you will still be alive in the next hour.
Even if it proves to be so, nothing can guarantee you another hour. Let alone an hour, not even after a
single moment, is it certain that you will be still living. There is no guarantee that you will ever finish
reading this book. Death will, most likely, come upon you at a time when, only a moment before, you
never thought about dying.
You will most certainly die, as will all your loved ones. Before you or after you, they will certainly
die. A hundred years from now, there will not be a single soul you are familiar with in this world.
Endless aims pertaining to life occupy man’s minds; to finish high school, to enter university, to
graduate, to have a respectable occupation, to marry, to bring up children, to lead a peaceful life these
are among the broadest and most ordinary plans of man. These aside, there are thousands of others devised
to address one’s personal circumstances.
Death is one of the few things in life certain to occur. This is a one hundred per cent certainty.
After years of hard work, a student succeeds in entering the university, yet dies on the way to class.
Someone who has recently been hired for a job loses his life on his first morning commute to his work. A
traffic accident ends the lives of a newly married couple on their wedding day. A successful businessman
prefers to fly to save time, not knowing that that very flight will put a horrible end to his life.
At such a stage, plans no lo