Time of Death Predetermined
[3:145] No one dies except by GOD’s leave, at a predetermined time. Whoever seeks the vanities of this world, we give him therefrom, and whoever seeks the rewards of the Hereafter, we bless him therein. We reward those who are appreciative.
[3:146] Many a prophet had godly people fight along with him, without ever wavering under pressure in the cause of GOD, nor did they hesitate or become discouraged. GOD loves the steadfast.
[3:147] Their only utterance was, “Our Lord, forgive us our sins, and our transgressions, strengthen our foothold, and grant us victory over the disbelievers.”
[3:148] Consequently, GOD granted them the rewards of this world, and the better rewards of the Hereafter. GOD loves the good doers.
[3:149] O you who believe, if you obey those who disbelieve, they will turn you back on your heels, then you end up losers.
[3:150] GOD alone is your Lord and Master, and He is the best supporter.
Where Do We Go From Here?
[2:154] Do not say of those who are killed in the cause of GOD, “They are dead.” They are alive at their Lord, but you do not perceive.
[2:155] We will surely test you through some fear, hunger, and loss of money, lives, and crops. Give good news to the steadfast.
[2:156] When an affliction befalls them, they say, “We belong to GOD, and to Him we are returning.”
[2:157] These have deserved blessings from their Lord and mercy. These are the guided ones.
When It’s Not Your Time..
Why do some people die young and why do some people die at an old age?
When we send someone to jail their length of stay is dependent to their crime. We are hear commensurate to the length of time that God dictated pending on our situation prior to this world and what it takes to achieve our final status in the Hereafter. We are all inmates here because we all broke God’s commandment. And we are here to be redeemed.
[13:8] GOD knows what every female bears, and what every womb releases, or gains. Everything He does is perfectly measured.
[25:2] The One to whom belongs all sovereignty of the heavens and the earth. He never had a son, nor does He have any partners in sovereignty. He created everything in exact measure; He precisely designed everything.
[54:49] Everything we created is precisely measured.
Is there a correlation between time on this planet and righteousness?
In the case of Pharaoh it shows that even though he claimed to believe he did not have the opportunity to grow and develop his soul and therefore belief is irrelevant at that point. In the case of the magicians we don’t know what happened to them, but they chose to believe at the expense of giving their lives.
[10:90] We delivered the Children of Israel across the sea. Pharaoh and his troops pursued them, aggressively and sinfully. When drowning became a reality for him, he said, “I believe that there is no god except the One in whom the Children of Israel have believed; I am a submitter.”
[10:91] “Too late!* For you have rebelled already, and chose to be a transgressor.
*10:91 Believing in God is the first step. Thereafter, one needs to nourish and develop the soul through the practices of worship (see Appendix 15).
The Experts See the Truth
[26:46] The magicians fell prostrate.
[26:47] They said, “We believe in the Lord of the universe.
[26:48] “The Lord of Moses and Aaron.”
[26:49] He said, “Did you believe with him before I give you permission? He must be your teacher, who taught you magic. You will surely find out. I will sever your hands and feet on alternate sides. I will crucify you all.”
[26:50] They said, “This will not change our decision; to our Lord we will return.
[26:51] “We hope that our Lord will forgive us our sins, especially that we are the first believers.”
Requirements of the Test
[6:158] Are they waiting for the angels to come to them, or your Lord, or some physical manifestations of your Lord? The day this happens, no soul will benefit from believing if it did not believe before that, and did not reap the benefits of belief by leading a righteous life.* Say, “Keep on waiting; we too are waiting.”
*6:158 After believing, the soul must grow and develop through the worship practices prescribed by God.