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FearBusters: Fear of Death

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See Previous parts: FearBusters: Conquering our Fears, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7

Part 8: Fear of Death

This fear is one that is found more in the aged than the youth, but does affect some of the youth. The closer a person gets to death, the more likely they are to think about it. The fear of death or going through the pangs of death is quite a natural and normal thing to have, however it is how that fear affects you and to what level you allow it to influence your life which determines whether or not the fear is an unhealthy one.

The fear of death is typically caused by a number of factors including: poor health, poverty, and disappointment in a person’s love life and career. These factors can all lead to a negative mindset and a negative mindset is the devil’s playground in which he can easily build a sense of great fear in the individual.

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Uncertainly is the underlying cause of this fear. What will happen to me after I die? This is a question that all of us inevitably ask ourselves at one point or another. The unknown of what will or won’t happen to us is what leads to great anxiety and fear when it comes to death.

This is one of the many benefits of faith. Faith brings a sense of surety in regards to what will happen to us after we die, therefore it helps to remove this fear from our hearts.

Principle to Overcome this Fear: Finding great comfort in one very special hadith

If you have certain fears in relation to death, then there is one hadith in particular that should give you great comfort. The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)said that, “Whoever loves to meet Allah, Allah loves to meet them (that person).”

Think about that for a second. Rather than focus our attention on the fear of death, it is better to shift that attention to the love of Al Wadood (The Most Loving). Every time you get a knot in your stomach or a sweat dripping from your brow when thinking about your own death, simply train your mind to shift gears and think about the fact that Allah loves to meet the people who are longing to meet Him! Subhanallah! How beautiful is that?

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Adnan Jalali is a former School Teacher and Principal/Head Master turned Leadership Trainer, Executive Coach and International Keynote Speaker. Adnan is the founder of The Jalali Group (jalaligroup.com), a Consulting firm focused on Leadership & Personal Development. The mission of the Jalali Group is to develop inspirational leaders across the globe. Adnan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Texas State University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston. He holds a Teacher’s and School Director’s License in Texas and is a certified Leadership Trainer, Coach and Speaker with the John Maxwell Team. He is currently working on a project to develop inspirational leaders in Colombia, South America.

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  2. Muhammad

    July 25, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    I have frequently discussed this topic with believers and non-believers and I cannot hide my surprise that anyone who claims to believe in the Creator should fear death. Muslims especially have been assured by Allah himself that Believers have exchanged this portion of what we call Life for Paradise. Allah informs every sincere believer that this bargain is already concluded upon your willing acceptance of Islam. He furthermore states that this is a promise binding on Him throughout all His messages in human history. In Quran, He even questions us as to why we act as if we don’t know what awaits beyond death’s curtain. I believe that the expression of “fear” of death is a subconscious confession that a person is aware of their present disobedient state and their future status at judgement.

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