Do you work better under pressure? Do you procrastinate and at the final hour suddenly give it your all?
In Islam, the inclination of human beings to procrastinate has been accounted for and we’ve been given tools to help prevent us from waiting to the last minute to truly live with purpose.
We’ve been taught to remember the thing that effectively destroys all the attractions of life on earth and puts priorities into perspective: death.
It can come at any moment, therefore we are technically perpetually in that potential final hour.
If we remain aware that this could very well be our last day, our last meal, our last conversation, we could be propelled to weigh our words and actions more thoughtfully.
We will be less inclined to hold on to material things and put more importance on lasting things, like treating others well and giving gratitude to the source of all we have, whether rich, poor, well or sick, etc.
So although death may seem like a taboo topic, a downer, a negative subject worthy of avoidance, Muslims actually welcome it as a subject of thought and even discussion.
Knowing our deadline may be around the corner encourages us not to waste time or live oblivious to our purpose.
When we think of death, it is a motivator. Motivating us to do more good, both in our private spiritual lives as well as with our families and communities. It also causes us to fear doing wrong, because we would hate to face our Maker with wrongdoing on our account, especially as our last deed.
If you were to remember death more often, do you think it would also motivate you to strive to be a better person?