Muslim Girl in America

I'm an American girl, born and raised, and a Muslim.

Death

on March 10, 2013

Well, readers, I apologize for the delay between posts. The year did not start out well for me. I had a death in the family – a very, very unexpected death. I won’t go into details here but suffice it to say, I was quite sad for a while. I still am at times, but in the midst of despair a good thing also happened – I started a new (and so far) lovely job with lovely people and lovely benefits.  And having even lovelier friends and family for support makes all the difference.

There’s a lot I could write about concerning death and Islam – mourning periods, practices, and prayers, for example. But I’ll save that for another day. So I’ll only end with this:

“O ye who believe! seek help with patient Perseverance and Prayer: for Allah is with those who patiently persevere. And say not of those who are slain in the way of Allah: “They are dead.” Nay, they are living, though ye perceive (it) not. Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere – Who say, when afflicted with calamity: “To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return” – They are those on whom (Descend) blessings from their Lord, and Mercy, and they are the ones that receive guidance.” – Surah Al Baqarah (2: 153-157).

 

“And We cause whom We will to rest in the wombs for an appointed term, then do We bring you out as babes, then (foster you) that ye may reach your age of full strength; and some of you are called to die (young), and some are sent back to the feeblest old age, so that they know nothing after having known (much). And (further), thou seest the earth barren and lifeless, but when We pour down rain on it, it is stirred (to life), it swells, and it puts forth every kind of beautiful growth in pairs.” – Surah Al Hajj (22:5)

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