The prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that be frequent in remembering the destroyer of pleasures “death”. he said sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam and this is a hadith from Ibn Omar (Ra) that a man came to the prophet (saw), he said which of that a man came to the prophet (saw), he said which of who’s the best of the believers? He said the one who has the best character and then he said in which of them is the wisest the prophet (saw) said that the wisest amongst them are those that remember death frequently and are the best at preparing for it.
They put death in front of them and they craft their life accordingly. They don’t get deflated; depressed by it, manage it unhealthily. They used that thought of the janazah and they craft their entire life in accordance with that janazah. How do I want to meet my lord? Everything goes from that.
Remember the most important relationship is your relationship with your Lord and you have to ask yourself which you’ve prepared for your meeting with him.
That’s what made Muhammad Ali so great (rah) the greatest athlete and one of the greatest people that this country knew. He said God doesn’t care if I beat Joe Frazier. God wants to see if what I’m going to do in this life to get to heaven. That’s what God cares about.
So what’s your own legacy? What’s your own book look like? What will you leave for people to pray for you in this life? What will you take with you for Allah and the Angels to pray upon you in the hereafter……….
Don’t say things today that you’re gonna have to apologize for tomorrow. You know on all the tributes pouring out after the death of Kobe Bryant and people talking about. Death can snatch you away from people just [a snap] like that do you really want the last thing to be between you and someone that’s beloved to you and important to you a fight or a feud? Squash those grudges.
Finally the prophet (saw) said, don’t long for what other people possess.
What are we doing with our own priorities? What are we really longing for? What are we aiming for? That’s a lesson for all of us to take.
We ask Allah subhana WA Ta’ala to make the end of our lives the best of them. We ask Allah subhana WA Ta’ala grant us a good ending, a good death.