Death is the end for all of us: the oppressor and the oppressed, the mighty and the feeble, the rich and the poor. Your death is no novelty. Nations before have gone and nations after will perish.
Ibn Batoota related that in the north, there is a graveyard with one thousand kings buried in it. At the entrance of this graveyard is a sign board that reads:
"The Kings: ask the dirt about them,
And about the great leaders; they are all bones now."
A cause for wonder is the forgetfulness of man and how he remains heedless of death, the menace of which hangs over him day and night. Man deludes himself by thinking that he is immortal on this earth.
"O Mankind! Fear your Lord and be dutiful to Him! Verily, the earthquake of the Hour (of judgment) is a terrible thing." (Quran 22/1)
"Draws near for mankind their reckoning, while they turn away in heedlessness." (Quran 21/1)
When Allah destroyed a nation and wiped out a transgressing people, He said:
"Can you find a single one of them or hear even a whisper of them?" (Quran 19/98)
All traces of them are gone.
كاتب المقال: Shaikh Aa'id Abdullah al-Qarnee