I’ve been thinking about death a lot lately. For reasons unknown to me but also because every day I come across a GoFund me page of someone really young dying. And every time it’s a reminder of my mortality. That I’m not here to stay forever. As someone who plans for everything (literally!), the unknown is something that really scares me. What age I’ll be? Where I’ll be? What I’ll be doing when I take my last breath, these are all things I can’t plan for.
This time last year I was just finishing YMLP and the most memorable speech out of the 2-week residential programme was without a doubt by Iqbal Khan the CEO of Fajr Capital and founder of HSBC Amanah, who talked to us about the death of his 22-year-old daughter Barakah. So I guess it’s apt that I find myself in her gallery one year later for an event. And it got me thinking again about legacy in death and what we will all be remembered for long after we’re gone. (I recommend for everyone to check out Barakah’s website because it gives an insight into the amazing soul that she was). One of the things that keep me going with writing and blogging is the knowledge that it’ll outlive me. And there’s a part of me that sincerely hopes that when I’m gone someone will come across my writing and remember to pray for me.
YOLO is true in the reality that you only have once chance to make this life meaningful. Our time on earth is like a drop in the ocean in comparison with our time in the grave and the Hereafter. So think about death often, think about where you’re heading and whether you’re making your time on this earth count.
May Allah grant us all that is best in this life and the Hereafter.