Die Before You Die

22 August by Mawlana Sheik Muhammad Adil Ar-Rabbani


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Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm:
حَتَّىٰ أَتَانَا الْيَقِينُ (47) فَمَا تَنفَعُهُمْ شَفَاعَةُ الشَّافِعِينَ
(Qur’ān 74:47-48). ‘Ĥattá ‘Atānā Al-Yaqīn (47) Famā Tanfa`uhum Shafā`atu Ash-Shāfi`īn’, ‘Until there came to us (the death) that is certain.” (47) So there will not benefit them the intercession of [any] intercessors.’ When a person realizes that his Iman is true, that is when death comes. Death is the most true thing. Apart from people who have Iman, the rest are in doubt or denial in this world.

Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla is saying in Qur’an ‘Azimu sh-Shan, “Those who have gone to hell – ‘Why did you go to hell?’ ‘We didn’t pray. We didn’t believe. We used to speak bad words. And we used to fight with believers over Allah ﷻ. We used to talk nonsense. Up until the truth came’.”

The most true thing is death. When death comes, all truth is revealed. People who have Iman before that are in profit then. The rest are in doubt and this and that, and say according to their minds: “I don’t believe in this and that. What kind of thing is this? Is it alright? It is not alright.” They spend all their lives like that. They think big of themselves. They think they are clever up until the truth, death, which is most true comes.

When death comes, there is no benefit for them then. You must see the truth before dying. When death comes, it has no benefit. Nothing brings any benefit to you then unless you have Iman. If you don’t believe in Allah ﷻ, it means your life is ruined. The true life is there. It is not this life. They say their life is ruined here, but the true life which is eternal, the life of Akhirah is ruined and you are gone.

You must see the truth before dying. You must accept the truth before dying. After you die, it has no benefit. There is no benefit at all, because all the advice and beautiful words haven’t affected you throughout your life. You said they are lies and there is not such a thing. You have rambled around throughout your life and spoke badly to those who said that to you. You didn’t accept Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla. You didn’t make Shukr for the favors He ﷻ gave you. And then you say, “The truth has come. I accept it now”. It has no benefit then. It has no benefit to you at all.

Therefore, what is beneficial O people is to see the truth before dying. Sayyidina Abu Bakr says, “مُوتُوا قَبْلَ أَنْ تَمُوتُوا”, “Mootu Qabla an Tamootu”, “Die before you die.” See the truth, as there is only one truth. The most true thing is death. Therefore, he says to die before you die so that your Iman is strong. May Allah ﷻ give us all true Iman. May Allah ﷻ protect our Iman insha’Allah. May the truth be with us here and may it be with us when we die. May the truth be with us in Akhirah insha’Allah. May we be with the truth insha’Allah.

Wa min Allah at-Tawfiq. Al-Fatiha.


Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil ar-Rabbani

22 August 2023/6 Safar 1445

Akbaba Dergah, Istanbul

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