Friday sermon (Jumu'ah Khutba) by Sheikh Abdal Hakim Murad during his visit to Omar Faruque Mosque and Cultural Centre in Cambridge on 15th January 2010.
In this sermon, Sheikh Abdal Hakim Murad discusses the importance of appreciating the certainty of death. In the modern world, we are conditioned to think of death as the worst thing that can befall us, the worst punishment that could be inflicted. Yet in a hadith the Prophet Muhammed (peace and blessings be upon him) called death 'a precious gift for the believer', a description that seems almost incredible to us. This does not mean we should seek death out or glorify it, since if it is Allah's decree for us to remain in this world for a longer time, we should be equally grateful and make the most of it by living well. But on the other hand we cannot forget the certain arrival of death, nor neglect to prepare for it. Those who attach too much importance to this world become blinded to the examples all around them, of the relative who is hit by a car or a friend who dies of a sudden illness. Those who learn from such sad experiences come to appreciate their true place in creation.