“Oh Thou Soul, Come Back To Thy Lord”
“Oh thou soul in rest and satisfaction. Come back to thy Lord. Enter thou amongmy devotees. Yea enter thou My heaven.” (89:27-28)
These verses from the Qur’angiven in inspiration to our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) from our One MostMerciful God, comes to mind as I stand over the feeble, decrepit old grave.I imagined old bones disarrayed, lying deep within this grave, perhaps from insects or parasites having picked over them. Wow, over a hundred years have passed since this person met his demise, I thought, as I did the math from the date on the tombstone. Withevery passing year I’ve become more aware of how quickly time rolls by. “Oh thou soul,come back to thy Lord".I don’t think it was the brisk early morning breeze that sent a shiver sweeping down myspine, but the thought of when inevitably it would be my turn to meet Israel “Angel of Death”. I couldn’t help but wonder if it would be a horrifying or a pleasant experience.Would he brutally rip my soul from my body out through my throat while leaving mylifeless body laying there, eyes fixed in an upward stare from having watched my soulleaving what had been it’s place of refuge for forty six years. “Oh thou soul, come back to thy Lord”.I pray dear God let me have passed the test of this world with all its turmoil andhardships, with flying colors. When my time on earth has expired, which only You couldknow, please allow me to be among your devotees. Let my soul be eager to rush into thecomforting arms of the Angel of Death when he beckons it. “Oh thou soul, come back tothy Lord”.Allah (God) I think to myself, Who or What is this Holy, Mighty, Sublime entity Whocreated, owns, and governs us, this entire universe, and all the universes beyond that.Anything existing today or from the beginning of existence itself needs Him, depends onHim to be or not to be. He is the Creator, mankind’s Creator. He created all of this, allof everything, but why, why? “Oh thou soul, come back to thy Lord”.So much controversy surrounds the subject of whether God exists or not. How is it possible for a person not to comprehend when they see the beauty, and ills of this worldas signs from our Most Merciful God, especially upon knowing or hearing about themisfortunes suffered by disobedient nations in the past? In the Qur’an Allah gives manyexamples about such nations. “Oh thou soul, come back to thy Lord. Our Creator,Whose throne extends over the heavens and the earth”.
Blessed be He in Whose hands is dominion; and He over all things hath power. HeWho created death and life, that He may try which of you is best in deed; and He isthe Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving. (67:1-2)“Oh thou soul in rest and satisfaction, come back to thy Lord”