Journey Called Life

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Subhan-Allah! According to the Population Reference Bureau's "2010 World Population Data Sheet" (28-July-2010), 4.45 people are born every second worldwide, on the average, and 1.8 people die every second. Another way to look at it is: 267 are born and 108 die on an average, every minute.

We were all born on a certain day, in a certain place at a certain time, to a certain household assigned through the decree of Allah, our Creator & Sustainer of the worlds. (Rabb-il-Aalamin). As I sit down and think of this great blessing bestowed on me, I sadly also delve and reflect on the shameful fact that I have done nothing significant on my part, to show my gratitude and thankfulness for this wonderful favor that was showered upon me. Human beings consider themselves physically, mentally, socially intellect & adept in every faculty and superior to all tangible creations of Allah SubhanavaTaala. 

Quran Surah Rehman Ayah 3 & 4 (Q 55: 3-4) states :
He created man. (3) He taught him eloquent speech. (4). 

Yes, Allah not only created us from among the best of His creations but also provided us with language skills, a quality and blessing bestowed only on the human race. He taught us to speak articulately with reasoning, proper syntax, structure, grammar, with rationale and with humbleness like the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) used to.

Allah Taala could have created us as a tree in any of the wild dense tropical forests that cover the earth or as a bird flying somewhere in the vast expanse of Allah's horizon or as a stone being stepped and trodden on as it lay unnoticeable on a side walk. We could have been created as an animal, an insect or as any of the innumerable objects that exist around us. But Allah with His encompassing mercy not only created us as humans, but also chose us to be from the ummah of our beloved Prophet Mohammed (S. A. W.). That by itself manifests as the greatest of all blessings endowed upon us.

But we are so caught up in this world that we do not even ponder on this enormous blessing, leave alone thank Allah and show our gratitude. We all are running in a looser race trying to catch up with the glamour, the dazzle, false desires of this world, its artificial brightness blinding our sole purpose & goal in life. We have to remind ourselves that we are here not to enjoy this temporary short term worldly life that enthralls us, but to successfully plan and carefully work every moment towards the long term permanent abode, Aakhira. We are all travelers' in this journey called life. We should lay out our travel plans cautiously, so we can accumulate and add to our album/book of good deeds. We should seek to deliberately max out and work day in and day out, every minute towards our final destination, paradise.

Allah repeatedly reminds us through several verses in the Quran about the hereafter. 

Surah Al-Mumenoon ayah 15 & 6 (Q 23:15-16): 
Then We made the Nutfah into a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood), then We made the clot into a little lump of flesh, then We made out of that little lump of flesh bones, then We clothed the bones with flesh, and then We brought it forth as another creation. So Blessed is Allah, the Best of creators.[] (14) After that, surely, you will die. (15) Then (again), surely, you will be resurrected on the Day of Resurrection. (16)

Surah Al-Hajj Ayah 5 (Q 22:5):
O mankind! If you are in doubt about the Resurrection, then verily! We have created you (i.e. Adam) from dust, then from a Nutfah (mixed drops of male and female sexual discharge i.e. offspring of Adam), then from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood) then from a little lump of flesh,- some formed and some unformed (as in the case of miscarriage), that We may make (it) clear to you (i.e. to show you Our Power and Ability to do what We will). And We cause whom We will to remain in the wombs for an appointed term, then We bring you out as infants,[] then (give you growth) that you may reach your age of full strength. And among you there is he who dies (young), and among you there is he who is brought back to the miserable old age, so that he knows nothing after having known. And you see the earth barren, but when We send down water (rain) on it, it is stirred (to life), it swells and puts forth every lovely kind (of growth). (5) 

Surah At-Tariq Ayah 5-8 (Q 86:5-8) :
So let man see from what he is created! (5) He is created from a water gushing forth, (6) Proceeding from between the back-bone and the ribs, (7) Verily, (Allah) is Able to bring him back (to life)! (8)
In all the above ayahs where Allah SubhanavaTaala talks about birth & creation of man from "Nutfah", he immediately follows with reminding us of death & Resurrection.

As a Muslim we all believe in the "Day of Resurrection" (Yawm al-Qiyamah) but only a few are religiously and conscientiously working toward it.

Time is a precious asset we are all blessed us. We should utilize it to buy the permanent reward of Jannah on the Day of Judgement. Remember our journey as travelers in this fleeting life will end soon. We all know when we were born but we do not know when our journey ends. In other words we do not know our timeline as a traveler. Remember Allah is all merciful, all compassionate and all forgiving. It is never too late to ask Allah for forgiveness and to shift our focus in life and start working hastily, sincerely & consistently towards Aakhirah. 

Insha-Allah as long as we clutch on tightly and not let go of the Holy Quran as our travel guide in this journey of life and follow the Sunnah as our road map by emulating our prophet (S.A.W), we will hopefully, when the journey ends partake in Allah's encompassing mercy.

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Sarah K. is a wife, a mother and  an engineer. She loves to read Islamic literature and listen to Quran in her free time. 



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  1. sulaiman ssekitto from uganda

    May Allah rewards this sister for this fundamental contribution towards Da'awa Irrespective of her status ,Its great lesson to all of us.

  2. Idris from Nigeria

    Life is temporary, Life is short. La ilaha illa Allah. Akhira is our final Home.

  3. Babandi A.Gumel from U.K

    Allahumma ma asbahtu bi min niimatin au bi ahdin min khalqika fa minka Wahadaka La Sharika Laka Fa Lakal Hamdu Walakal Shukur. Masha Allah if one recites this Dua as if he/she has given thanks to Allah for the whole day.May Allah make us among those who will be making Shukr to Him for the niima given to us every day.

  4. jameela from India

    Alhamdhulillah.. Allah is so great.. Thinking of Allah, that moment is purely sinless... May Allah give us this emaan every now & then till eternity...

  5. hendry from indonesia

    It's beautifully written, expressed and touched. You're talented

  6. Abdullahi Umar Garba from Nigeria

    Very educative and interesting. May ALLAH open our eyes to the reality of our existence May we work towards archvng Aljanna Firdausi

  7. Lana Ahmad from Belize

    Asalaam alaikum sister, May Allah (SWT) richly reward you for your

    contribution to Islamic literature and for this much needed reminder

    to us Muslims. I do not know you but I love you for the sake of Allah

    (SWT). Jazakah'Allah Khairan.

  8. Zainab Ogunrinde from Nigeria

    JazakAllah Khayran. Thanks for the reminder. May Allah(S.W.T.) make it easy for us. Amin.

  9. Idris Mohammad from Nigeria

    An excellent write up. The Quranic verses on human creation says more than any medical genetics ever reveals.

  10. Noordeen from Nigeria

    Jazakum LAAH khairun! 4 your rememberance..

  11. Rizwan from United States Of America

    As salaam ma laikum wa rahamatulla hi wa barakatuhu to all brother and sister and peace to all. I am grateful to read this beautiful word from the Quran, praise be to ALLAAH (SWT. I hope and prayer for strenght among all muslim Brothers as we all are one, hope for unity anf freedom, may ALLAAH(SWT)forgive us all and guide us in our journey. Khuda Hafiz.

  12. nizam ali from trinidad

    Assalaamu alaikum. whilst reading this article I kept nodding, because when I am in sujood this is what I thank All azwajal, for. for making me muslim, that I am privileged to be in this world,that Allah The All Mighty could have made me a bird or some other..and He gave me Islam as my way of life..that I can in the middle of the night bu His permission engage myself in remembering Him and giving thanks and seeking His forgiveness. Thank You Allah, the Lord of all the worlds for making me muslim. Bless our writer and grant her barkat in every aspect of her life.

  13. AbdulKabir Aderemi from Nigeria

    May Allah (SAW) be pleased with the writer and the host of the website as the writer helps enlighten us of what we need to do for ourself in order to live a good life and our duty to Allah (SAW) and the website host help spread the word.

  14. tom wiley from u.s.a.

    Very good and right on about NOT knowing how much time Allah s.a.w has given use , we best use it wisely.

  15. B from US

    Excellent article. We need more people like you to remind ignorant like myself about Akhira. AlHamdulillah you are blessed with knowledge and I want to see more articles. This reminds me to thanks ALLAH SWT for his countless Blessing towards his umma every second. May Allah SWT reward you for your efforts and keep safe under his protection. AMEEN. JAZAK ALLAH

  16. Babandi A.Gumel from U.K

    Masha Allahu I,'am even more impressed having heard from our respected editor that Kaiser is not a brother as I mentioned earlier in my comment

    but a sister. So sister please forgive me for the slip. Nonetheless may Allah reward you and make our sisters have the same Fikr (worry) like you not only sisters but equally all the Muslims brothers and sisters and we pray Allah make this a means of hidayah for other non-Muslims.

  17. Nageye from Germany

    I enjoyed this article so much. It is beautiful and it remembers us the truth. I will read several times.

    JZKH Sarosh Kaiser

  18. A from usa

    I support the meaning that we should look after what we do that it leads to go good in the hereafter.

  19. Babandi A.Gumel from U.K

    Jazakallahu Khairan Brother Kaiser for reminding us of the time which is free but priceless that can be used and not misused. Alas most of us do not appreciate this niimah which the Creator has given us. We must sit down for a while and reflect.

    Remember when the Angel of death comes to visit us ie time of death he will not inform us in advance,neither will he write to us or send Email to us or call us on our mobiles saying that "So and So get ready as I will be coming to take your life at so and so time". No one will have such opportunity or previledge however highly placed he/she may be whether a President, or a Prime Minister,Governor or a King, Councillor or Chairman, businessman, Doctor, Engineer, religious or irreligious educated or uneducated. We will all be treated equally in the same way. Some will be lucky but many will be so unfortunate only those who are so lucky may die with the Kalimah on their lips which we pray to Allah to include us among such few successfuil people. May Allah make us die with Imaan and be raised with those who have Imaan together with the Ambiya Siidiqin Shuhaada and Saliheen such are the best company.

    Once again Shukran for the reminder which many of us needed all the time as Allah says "Wazakkir fa inna zikra tanfaul Mummineen".Unfortunately many of our brothers and sisters have forgotten have forgotten the purpose of our short life which is to worship Allah and go back to Him as Muslims. We are proud to live and die as Muslims as commanded by our Creator.

    Rivaly in Worldly increase distractes you until you arrive in the grave. So we should fear the day when we will be brought back to Allah our Master who will tell us what we used to do in this temporary abode called the World. So the choice is left to us wether we want be successfull for ever and ever or want temporary success in Duniya which has made us heedless as we are virtually engrossed in our worldly activities so we need the same kind of reminder to keep us on the right track.