A temporary loss of health is one of the great blessings
Allah Almighty enables his servants to experience. When one falls ill, all
worldly engagements involuntarily come to a standstill -- engagements about
which man normally imagines that they are unavoidable. Man comes to realise that
after all he is not indispensable for the world, nor the world is indispensable
for him. While a person is ill, he doesn’t enjoy the food and the drinks he
normally does as a healthy person. It gives him a reason to thank Allah for the
numerous blessings He has made available to him, as also the accompanying
abilities with which he can properly benefit from them.
When illness gets more acute, one gets a real feeling of
rubbing one’s shoulders with death. Thus one realises that death is a serious
possibility. It is this experience that actually enables one to genuinely
realise the folly of one’s over-involvement in the unnecessary worldly pursuits.
The weakness of one’s body and the acuteness of illness all help in realising
that when it will come to the time of departure from this world, no one will be
able to come to the rescue of the departing soul. This near-death experience is
indeed needed by all of us. And indeed it comes to our service on a fairly
regular basis. How very unfortunate then that despite going through as thorough
an experience as that of illness, we still find our worldly life so absorbing
that we do not spare time to ponder seriously about our life-after-death?