My Grave

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Safia Rafi

قُتِلَ الْإِنسَانُ مَا أَكْفَرَهُ 17

مِنْ أَيِّ شَيْءٍ خَلَقَهُ 18

مِن نُّطْفَةٍ خَلَقَهُ فَقَدَّرَهُ 19

ثُمَّ السَّبِيلَ يَسَّرَهُ 20

ثُمَّ أَمَاتَهُ فَأَقْبَرَهُ 21

“Cursed is man; how disbelieving is he. From what substance did He create him? From a sperm-drop He created him and destined for him; Then He eased the way for him; Then He causes his death and provides a grave for him.”

[Al-Qur’an – Surat Abasa (He Frowned): 17-21]

I WONDER – What will it be like to be like lying in my cradle called the Grave?

Will my grave be so narrow that my ribs are crushed together?

Or will there be a shining light from Jannah forever to stay?


Will there be my Qur’an warding off the Angels Munkar and Nakeer?

Or will there be the deadly bugs eating my body to bones and decay?


Will there be the prayers of my children whom I had taught the word of Allah (سبحانه وتعالى)?

Will they be the Sadqah-e-Jahriah because I taught them how to pray?


Or will there be memories of those whom I have hurt and have done zulm upon?

Are they now rejoicing because  I have finally gone away?


Death has come to finally relieve me from the torments of the prison of the world.

This was the end for my soul had to depart. And for this there was no delay.


How will be my grave?  Oh! How do I close my eyes and imagine it?

Will I be comfortable in my bed, I wonder how will I lay?


When my end is the soil, and I am buried so deep into the earth,

Do I not wonder how I can walk so arrogantly on the earth today?


This world is nothing but a temporary housing and I am but a traveler,

The final abode will be Heaven or Hell – That will be the permanent stay!

Oh Allah(سبحانه وتعالى)! – save me from the torments of the grave and the Hell-fire.

Make me one whose face is shining radiantly, so happy and so gay.

About Quran Reflections

Al-Huda's branch at Khayaban-e-Sehar is one of the few Quran courses being regularly conducted in Karachi, Pakistan, where the mode of instruction and examination is English. The students and teachers have decided to upload their reflections on the Quran and class notes on this blog, in order to be available to a global audience for the latter's benefit and inspiration.
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