Inna lillah wa inna ilayhi rajioon. Today I woke up to a heartbreaking text message. The son in law of our beloved Imam Farooq in Baton Rouge, Akbar Raqeeb, died in his sleep last night. He was a husband and father, only in his 40s, who just last night prayed taraweeh behind his hafidh son. I ask Allah to have mercy upon him, enter him into al firdaws, grant his family steadfastness, and bestow upon them all tranquility. Ameen
Every single night, Allah takes our souls and we have no idea whether or not they will be returned to see another day of this world. Imagine how much better we would be as people if we treated sleep like death? The news this morning caused me to reflect on three key resolutions:
1. Observing all of the bedtime sunnahs of the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salam). Amongst them are:
a) Making wudu before sleeping
b) Reading Surah Al Mulk (protection from the punishment of the grave) and Al Sajda
c) Laying on your right side
d) Reading the sunnah adhkar (remembrances): http://www.islamawareness.net/Dua/Fortress/028.html Its amazing that if you die in your sleep having recited these words, the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) said that you die in a state of pure tawheed and are guaranteed Jannah
2. Making sure we do not go to sleep while being upset with family/friends or making them upset. Losing a loved one is painful enough. I can’t imagine what its like to lose someone you love in the midst of a dispute.
3. Finally, the most important lesson to take from this is that its absolutely essential to ask yourself every night if you’re ready to meet your Creator. This nightly self-questioning will surely lead you to abandon habitual sin and increase the quality of your good deeds.
I ask Allah to take us all when He is most pleased with us. ameen