Advice in Light of the Tragic Masjid Shootings
I sadly woke up today to the shocking news of what happened to our brothers and sisters, young and old, in two masājid in Christchurch, New Zealand. They were peaceful human beings who woke up expecting their Friday to be like every other Friday.
They entered their day expecting to work, go to school, attend to their children, pay their bills, eat their favourite dinner, pray their salāh, recite Sūrah al-Kahf, and observe the Jumu’ah proceedings.
Then, Subhān Allāh, without a moment’s notice, when least expected, it all came to an end at the hands of two terrorists and those who support and fund them. To add to insult to injury, one of the terrorists recorded his entire rampage unashamedly.
Indeed Allāh Almighty is enough for us.
Many at this fragile moment are saying: “Stop the world, I want to get off!”
By Allāh, I felt estranged at the shocking news as well, and couldn’t help but wish it was a bad dream that I would wake up from and seek protection in Allāh as a result of.
At this difficult time, allow me to share the following important guidance.
Every soul shall taste death at its appointed time with the permission of Allāh Almighty, not a second before and not a second after.
Our brothers and sisters whom returned to Allāh Almighty; it was their exact time.
Allah Almighty says in Sūrah Āl-‘Imrān:
وَمَا كَانَ لِنَفْسٍ أَن تَمُوتَ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ كِتَابًا مُّؤَجَّلًا ۗ وَمَن يُرِدْ ثَوَابَ الدُّنْيَا نُؤْتِهِ مِنْهَا وَمَن يُرِدْ ثَوَابَ الْآخِرَةِ نُؤْتِهِ مِنْهَا ۚ وَسَنَجْزِي الشَّاكِرِينَ
And it is not [possible] for one to die except by permission of Allāh at a decree determined. And whoever desires the reward of this world – We will give him thereof; and whoever desires the reward of the Hereafter – We will give him thereof. And we will reward the grateful.