To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return:Must Read
These two pictures are of Hashim Raza Bhai and there is only one and a half year difference between the two pictures. This brother left this world tonight after fighting cancer. He was a social activist and was active in removing the deprivations of the deprived sections of the society. In February last year, he suffered severe stomach pain and a few months later, he was diagnosed with small intestine and stomach cancer. May Allah forgive him and grant him Jannat al-Firdous and give patience to his heirs.
He wrote in great detail about his illness and at the end mentioned some lessons he learned as a result. I want everyone to read them because they have a great lesson for us.
He says that when the stomach stopped digesting, the weight was reduced rapidly in just a few months. All the daily activities slowly disappeared and I got out of bed. When blood was needed for the operation, a strange incident happened. When I put the WhatsApp status, I was sure that the arrangement of blood would be done easily as many blood societies, blood NGOs and blood activists were connected with me. But I was very surprised at that time that more than six hundred close people saw my status, but except for a few friends, no one even asked why I needed blood. Blood arrangement was done but I got a bigger shock than that.
He says that life has its own way of teaching and I learned the following important lessons from life in these difficult situations.
1. Surrender yourself to Allah that nothing is in your control. You are not invincible at all.
2. Your family comes first and there is no substitute for a mother’s love.
3. Even if you are unable to move from your bed and your pain is unbearable, you still have much to be grateful to your Lord for.
4. We are very limited beings who can sometimes determine the cause or time of a particular issue only when it is too late.
5. Being or not being you doesn’t matter to anyone except certain people. So try to know who those special people are in your life and appreciate them already.
6. Some people take good advantage of you but they are of no use to you in difficult times. Beware of such people.
7. Keep friendship with few but sincere people.
8. Appreciate the small blessings in life. Talking to someone, walking in the park, eating regular meals, laughing, getting enough sleep and being able to do small tasks, these are the blessings that may be trivial to you, but I miss them today and I miss them. I miss
9. Taking time out of your busy life to take care of someone is very important for a sick person. For this reason, it is also the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
10. Know what is really important to you. Those things that I used to consider very important for me, but when I fell ill, they became completely unimportant to me.
11. Some ordinary people are better for you than your friends.
12. Social media is a big scam. It is turning us from humans to beasts and we are losing human compassion.
13. Every situation has many lessons for us to learn.
14. Life is too short. So start doing something meaningful and special right now. If you have shown someone’s heart, then apologize to him. If you love someone, tell him. Don’t delay because you may not be able to do it all tomorrow.
15. It is very easy to fall into the delusion that the world cannot go on without me, but the truth is that it does not matter whether we are there or not.