And never think of those who have been eliminated in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision …( Quran 3: 169).
He quickly achieved renown for his dedication and for his passion for medical practice. Hence, he volunteered to add life to life in this time of coronavirus pandemic even after forty years of meritorious service.
Now how many medics have we lost to this on-going international pandemic? The number of martyrs have we taped? In order to address this concern, we need to expand our information gathering to consist of the excluded in the backwaters of Asia, in parts of Africa, in Latin America, in The United States and Canada and in Europe. How can approximate and correctly too the variety of martyrs the world has actually recorded in the complete knowledge that there are lots of heroes and heroines out there who would never ever gain reference merely because they on the periphery. Here I describe care-givers, to pharmacists, nurses, lab-technologists, para-medics, chauffeurs, cleaners etc. These are very important soldiers in the on-going fight versus COVID-19
I was moved by the images I saw couple of days ago of a ward in New York that was full of COVID-19 clients. She was a martyr waiting for the ‘call’.
I then solaced myself with these entreaties from the Last Testament- “Think not of those, who are killed in the way of Almighty, as dead. Nay, they are living. With their Lord they have provision. Pleased (are they) because of that which the Almighty has bestowed upon them of His bounties, rejoicing for the sake of those who have actually not joined them but are left behind: that there no fear will come across them neither will they grieve. They rejoice because of favors from the Almighty and compassion; He wasteth not the benefit of the followers. (Quran 3: 169-71)
Now I find this concern extremely relevant- precisely what is sweeter than life? Probably nothing. Now this– precisely what could be sourer than death? I say: life in hell. Whenever you put the truths of life and death on the same scale, you probably would come away with the conclusion that absolutely nothing could be more instructive than death; that absolutely nothing could be more sobering than seeing individuals you understand pass away in the middle of their life; that absolutely nothing might be more teachable than having to pass away, in line with John Green, ‘in the middle of a sentence’.
Yes. While particular intervening situations could require a female to labour before the expected date of delivery, the guy who ‘kisses’ death must have, a priori, exhausted his divinely ordained treasury on mother-earth.
At this moment of grief, Dr Alfa’s wife is most likely admiring the skies as if looking for the “eyes” of the divine. At this minute, the sister of our departed brother is probably hanging on to her head as if the sorrow she feels is restricted just to that part of her body. Yes. Absolutely nothing reminds all of us of the temporality of this life better than celebrations like this. Arthur Schopenhauer, states: “the deep discomfort that is felt at the death of every friendly soul emerges from the sensation that there remains in every individual something which is inexpressible, strange to him or her alone, and is, therefore, definitely and irretrievably lost at his/her death; that there are things that we do not want to take place but which we need to accept, things we do not would like to know however which we need to learn, and people we can not live without however, in circumstances like this, need to let go”.
While we mourn all those who have been martyred by this pandemic, I pray, as soon as again, that they meet with the eternal Rahmah of their Developer. I pray that their scenario becomes like that of those who, while they are being grieved by their buddies, angels are rejoicing for having had the opportunity of ushering them into celestial happiness and from ‘behind the veil’.
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Afis Ayinde Oladosu Ph.D
Teacher of Middle Eastern, North African and Cultural Research Studies
Dean, Faculty of Arts,
University of Ibadan,