Tomorrow Never Comes

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This is dedicated to Z.K., A.A.K., and M.E. Though I never knew any of you personally, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala made your deaths an inspiration for me. I pray each reader takes your deaths as an inspiration as well and not in vain. I pray that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala makes this article a massive means of sadaqah jariyah for each one of you.

I attended two janazahs in the last two days. Two young guys who were buddies, at the ‘prime’ of their lives, traveling together – one to visit his brother, the other for a job, going about life not expecting this would be the last trip they would take in the Dunya. On their way, they were in a car accident and passed away. This past summer, I attended the janazah of a young sister who was swimming and passed away. I don’t think she was expecting for that to be the last day of her life as well.

Why am I sharing this with you all? It’s extremely personal – three young adults from my city, whose families I know of, whose stories I know, whose faces I’ve seen, whose funerals I attended. It may not hit you like it hit me but I want you to experience a tiny fraction of what I felt and maybe, just maybe, it would be a positive change in your life insha’Allah…

The three who passed away were in their twenties. They were young, in school or graduated, working, climbing the ropes of life as was expected of them. They were at the age where life seems to be in your hands. If I work hard enough, I can attain the goals I’ve set for myself. Nothing seems impossible. People don’t die young right? It’s only when they get old and possibly sick they die. I have all the time in the world right now… I’ll come back to the deen later… when I’m free… and able…

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The ironic thing is that young people have one of the highest car crash fatalities. The risk of being involved in a car accident is the highest for drivers aged 16- to 19-year-olds than it is for any other age group. For each mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are about four times more likely than other drivers to crash. [1]

We don’t realize because we may be ‘young’ and ‘healthy’ that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala can take our life away in an instant if He so wills. We don’t need the excuse of being ‘sick’ to die – all we need is for the time Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala wrote for us to come.

I’m in the same age group and of the same mentality. I realized we’re living in a bubble. Death does not discriminate. When Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has written for you to die, whether young or old, you will die. You won’t get an extra ten years, an extra week, or an extra five minutes. You will die. Your death could be in the next five minutes. It could be tomorrow. It could be in ten years. Only Allah knows. The question now is how are we living our lives? Are we living in the best possible manner, to meet Allah with the best of deeds? And if we need to change for the better, what are we waiting for? Death isn’t waiting for us – why do we wait for it?

So sisters, don’t say I will pray tomorrow. Or wear hijab in a year. Or repent later. Or become better when I’m old. Seize the moment now. Put on hijab now. Pray now. Fast now. Be kind now. Repent now. Become the better person now. Right now is all you have guaranteed. No one can guarantee you will get up and walk away after reading this article. We’re gambling our Akhirah away by waiting for a moment that may never come.

As Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says in Suratul ‘Asr,

‘By Time! Verily, man is in a state of loss! *Except* those who believe and do good works, and exhort one another to truth and exhort one another to endurance.’

Make your move now before it’s too late because sometimes, tomorrow, the next year, the next second – it never comes.

May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala have mercy on the deceased, widen their graves and put noor in their graves. May He, Al Ghafoor, al’Afuw, forgive their sins and enter them into Jannah. May He, Rabbul ‘Aalameen, grant each one of us the tawfeeq to take advantage of the time we do have to come closer to Him and attain the highest level of Jannah! Ameen.



[1] Source: http://www.car-accidents.com/teen-car-accidents.html

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