By Roshan, New Age Islam
29 January 2019
Mr. Wira had been suffering from cancer for
several years. Then, one morning his condition suddenly took a turn for the
worse and he was rushed to the hospital. There, doctors declared that his death
was probably only a matter of a few days.
When Noshi, the son of Mr. Wira’s
neighbour, heard about Mr. Wira’s condition, he thought that courtesy demanded
that he go to the hospital to see him for possibly the last time. But he
immediately shrugged the suggestion off. “The hospital’s so far and the traffic
is terrible,” he thought to himself. “It’ll take two hours to get there! And
I’ve got so much work today!”
Just then, Noshi’s mind turned to something
he had read somewhere some time ago: that the last thought that a person thinks
before he dies is of immense significance for him, determining his condition in
the life after death. If your last thoughts are loving thoughts about God, it
may be that God will bless you with a blissful future in the life after death.
But, on the other hand, if your last thoughts are about things like wealth,
power, sensual pleasures and other worldly attachments (which is likely to be
the case if these are what you’ve spent your life chasing and if you’ve expelled
God from your mind), your condition in the life after death may be miserable.
“Stop vacillating! Go at once to meet Mr.
Wira and tell him to focus on God and to repeat His Name before it is too
late”, a thought came into Noshi’s mind. “Tell him that this is the only thing
that matters now. No one in Mr. Wira’s family will do this—they’ve so forgotten
God that even in the hospital, where he’s dying, none them has even mentioned
the word ‘God’ to him, not even once!”
There was nothing more important that anyone
could do for Mr. Wira at this time than to tell him to focus his mind on God,
and Noshi decided that he just had to do that. He rushed out of his house and
headed for the hospital.
When he entered the ward where Mr. Wira had
been admitted, Noshi could hardly believe his eyes. Mr. Wira, once a robust and
handsome man, had been reduced to a pale and ugly skeleton! In spite of his
condition, however, he recognised Noshi and managed to give him a hint of a
There were half a dozen or so other people in
the room—Mr. Wira’s wife and some of his friends. They were busy chatting about
this and that in an effort to cheer Mr. Wira up.
“Don’t worry, you’ll get well soon,” one of
Mr. Wira’s friends was telling him. “This is the best hospital in town, with
“I hear they use the latest techniques from
the UK,” another friend added.
A third friend interrupted the conversation
by reminiscing about a funny incident, hoping to get Mr. Wira to laugh.
“Remember what a whale of a time we had at the party?”, he guffawed. “And the
food was great!”
These were people who prided themselves on
their ‘education’ and ‘jet-setting’ jobs. Noshi felt completely out of place in
“This man is dying, and is this the sort of
thing that he should be made to hear or think about in his last moments?” Noshi
thought to himself, barely managing to control his irritation as the chatter
continued. He was appalled at how not a single person in the room had even
mentioned the word ‘God’ so far (it was almost an hour now)—just as he had
suspected. Such was how completely they had excluded God from their minds—just
like vast numbers of others like them who thought of themselves as
‘sophisticated’, ‘educated’, ‘scientific’ and ‘modern’.
After a while, most of Mr. Noshi’s friends
departed. “Don’t worry, you’ll get well soon,” they said to him as they left.
Mr. Wira’s wife accompanied them to the elevator.
This was just the moment Noshi was waiting
for, in order to spend some time alone with Mr. Wira.
Noshi went up to Mr. Wira’s bed and took
his hand in his. He stood silently for a while, gazing at Mr. Wira’s tired
Mr. Wira slowly nodded his head, conveying
to Noshi that it was almost time for him to leave the world.
“Yes Uncle,” Noshi whispered. “You are
going back to God soon.”
Noshi kept silent for some time as he
stroked Mr. Wira’s limp hand.
“Now, Uncle,” Noshi resumed, determined to
tell him exactly what he needed to. “Please listen very carefully. Focus all
your thoughts only on God. Don’t let your mind go to matters of this world.
Think only of God. Pray to Him—for His forgiveness, guidance and protection.
Pray to Him to bless you with a smooth departure from this world. Keep
repeating God’s Name. All this is the
only thing that will help you now. It may make all the difference to you for
your passage from this world and for your life after death.”
Mr. Wira listened to Noshi intently. Then,
when Noshi had finished, he tilted his head a bit as if to indicate his
agreement with what he had said.
Noshi had accomplished what he had come to
do—to inform a dying man about God and to tell him that remembering God at this
crucial hour was the only thing that mattered.
“May God bless you with what is best for
you, Uncle,” Noshi whispered as he kissed Mr. Wira’s hand and made his way out
of the room.
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