Monday, July 1, 2013

Death




Death is defined as the cessation of all vital functions of the body including the heartbeat, brain activity (including the brain stem), and breathing (a definition from the Free Dictionary).

In the Wikipedia, death is defined as the permanent cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism. Phenomena which commonly bring about death include biological aging (senescence), predation, malnutrition, disease, suicide, murder and accidents or trauma resulting in terminal injury.

The definition of death (from Merriam-Webster dictionary) is "the irreversible cessation of all vital functions especially as indicated by permanent stoppage of the heart, respiration, and brain activity, that is the end of life.

All living things will die. Different types and different species of living things have different expected lifespans. Plants generally fall into either annuals or perennials, the former has about one year lifespan while the latter can live up to few hundred years.  Likewise, animals also vary in their lifespans, but not too diverse. Cats and dogs may live up to ten years but some animals may live for about a year to a hundred years. In man life expectancy of sixty to seventy five years is common.  

Man will die at the time and placed already predetermined before they are born, but nobody knows the time and place of death except the Creator.  

“Every soul will taste death, and you will only be given your [full] compensation on the Day of Resurrection. So he who is drawn away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise has attained [his desire]. And what is the life of this world except the enjoyment of delusion.” (Ali Imran 3: 185)

And when the time of death comes, it will not be delayed nor be extended even for a fraction of a second.   Death cannot be avoided even if one locks oneself in a room with walls and doors that cannot be broken or penetrated.  Death will come even if one hides oneself in faraway or remote lands where no one lives.

“To every people is a term appointed: when their term is reached, not an hour can they cause delay, nor (an hour) can they advance (it in anticipation)” (Al-A’araaf 7 :34) 

 “Wherever you may be, death will overtake you, even if you should be within towers of lofty construction …….” (Sahih International An-Nisa’ 4:78) 

It has been narrated by many mouths that during the time of Prophet Suleiman AHS, there was a man who was healthy and well. There was no sign of death on him. He was attending a feast given by the Prophet.  While this man was eating, he realised that a man was continuously gazing at him.  Meanwhile, Prophet Suleiman was also aware of the presence of this stranger. So, he approached him and asked who he was. The stranger replied to him that he was actually the Archangel Azrael who had come to take away the soul of the man he was watching.  However, the Archangel was wondering why the man was many kilometers away from the spot where he was supposed to die, while the time of death was only some minutes away. 

Getting curious the man being watched got up and went to ask the Prophet the reason why the suspicious looking man was watching him intently.  The Prophet quickly gave the answer,  “He is the Archangel Azrael, the Angel of Death, who had cone to take your soul away”. The man shivered, fell to his knees and sweat profusely.   He begged Prophet Suleiman to sent him to a faraway land so that he could escape from the Archangel.  Prophet Suleiman sent him away on the flying carpet to a faraway land.  When the flying carpet landed he was feeling relieved because he thought that he had gotten away from death. He was smiling as he was stepping out from the flying carpet. To his surprise when he lifted his face, he saw the Archangel of Death was right in front of him. The place and the time of death was exactly the same as the instruction received by Archangel from Allah, the Creator.
To all wrongdoers who are afraid of death and take all measures to avoid it, the Archangel of Death says to them, “This is what you have been avoiding.”  Allah said this verse in the Al-Quran. As follows:

“And the stupor of death will come in truth: "This is what you have been avoiding!" (Qaf 50:19)

Now, there is a definite line that separates life and death. The question is what has changed at the line, that is  when a split second before a person was alive and a split second afterword  he was deadIs there any  entity that is missing in the motionless body as compared to the same body a split second before?  If there is, what exactly the entity is? If this entity has come out of the body, thereby rendering the body dead, where has it gone? 

Lots of questions to ask. Till the next post, let us ponder about it.

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