Perspective of Death
was born and raised in the Middle East where people are non-religious. Hence, I
grew up as a Muslim on Islamic teachings. Regardless, I view the beauty of
spiritual traditions and other religions. However, I am still not contented
that religions come from gods or higher power, which does not imply that I am
opposed to the verdict. My religion terms death as the cessation of worldly
life and the start of an afterlife, or simply a disconnection of the soul from
the body. Again, the issue raises a dilemma. Nevertheless, my values, ideas,
and beliefs have been formed by my own religious tradition, Christianity
beliefs, philosophical teachings, and personal experience.
Islam death is termed as a painful experience. The Islamic traditions elaborate
the situations before, during, and after death. First, the angel of death
appears to proclaim souls. After death, then there appear two other
angels who judge to evaluate their sins. The believers’ souls are extracted
with ease whereas for sinners painfully. The virtuous cooperate well and secure
their comfort and peace whereas the offenders fail to comply and face
punishment. Souls either rest in a place known as Barzakh during the period
between the final resurrection and worldly life or abruptly pass into hell or
paradise after the questioning. Furthermore, the martyrs, who die for God’s
will, are freely salvaged from sin and acquire God’s kingdom directly. Thus,
Islam terms death as a continuation of life in a distinct form and a trespass
to another world. Moreover, it also supports that death is inevitable to all
belief in death varies between individual believers and denominations. However,
Christians believe in heaven, since they are granted freedom from sin and
suffering. Most Christians believe that Jesus died on the cross for their
immoral behaviors, so that they could achieve salvation. The religious Bible
consists of references to hell and heaven. It is clearly indicated that those
who abide by Jesus’s teachings will gain salvation while the non-followers will
eventually end up in hell. The Bible states that there is a moment of birth and
that of death. Moreover, it also suggests that God is the provider of life and
eventually proclaims it. Therefore, religious faith also indicates that there
will be life after death.
teachings try to connect many perspectives on death. Most philosophers believe
that there are no experts on death. They argue that individuals are less
concerned with their death rather than the death of the people close to them
such as family. Evidently, death brings a routine to a halt, which raises
deepest thoughts about the meaning of human life (Portier 13). For instance,
one may wonder why they were born because after a while they eventually die.
Moreover, one may wonder if after death they eventually decompose to the
constituent chemicals and the process of birth and death progresses in a
similar manner. An experienced individual on a death, which may have claimed
their loved ones slowly and painfully, may understand the weight of these
makes people wonder whether there exists a routine and nature of what they may
be dealing with in human life. Nevertheless, it facilitates individuals to view
life in a wider perspective such as whether there is actually life after death,
or it terminates upon death. Death and birth are life chapters. Living towards
death directs individuals in understanding the changes caused by life (Portier
13). Young adults focus on maturing while the older focus on being younger.
Moreover, the young understand that death is universal despite their
unfamiliarity with their mortality. As for the older, mortality begins to
disappear. Through philosophy, I learnt that the first action towards
understanding something is picturing oneself (Portier 19). For instance,
understanding death would involve understanding that one is already born and
would exist for a while then later face death. Then next, learn how to
socialize with other people such as family and friends freely, and ask what one
may not understand. As such, an individual is able to connect with people’s
emotions or certain situations because it is difficult to reason and question
on specific perspectives without a positive feel for them.
a particular incident, I gathered personal experience in a real-life situation.
I had been living with my mother for many years. She was a Muslim but used to
advise me on dedicating to other beliefs. I did not comprehend on her remarks because
I failed to connect with her emotions. I came to realize later that she had
been brought up in Christianity but was subjected to Islam by my father after
marriage. Initially, she used to live in the U.S. and was exposed to different
cultures. Hence, she had a deeper understanding of numerous traditional beliefs
on many aspects such as death, which could have enlightened me. Her death
caught me unaware since I always believed that death was a passage to another life
but I never knew of any obligations. She had faced a lot of pain before death.
Therefore, I was faced depression because I lacked a means to help her until I
reached a point that I wished she could die. Nevertheless, what disturbed me
the most was whether we could ever meet again after her death. This subjected
me to investigate the meaning of death, but finally, I gathered enough ideas. I
learnt that death is universal to all human beings and is a passage to another
life that requires certain aspects in order to be achieved.
my experience in the four areas, I was able to understand the actual meaning of
death. They are all based on different perspectives but finally seem to share a
common perspective. For instance, Islam and Christianity imply that human
beings were created to live for a while and later trespass to another world.
Similarly, the arguments from philosophers also suggest that a human being is
born but eventually is destined to die. Thus, Death has no direct meaning. It
occurs abruptly and to all people. Also, obsessive cogitation of death can
destruct people from life. Thus, understanding death involves reflecting on its
significance on an individual’s life and relying on the greater values that
grant life its meaning. In my case, I have revisited the areas and understood
that death is universal to all human beings. However, there requires no
personal obligation to live, it is wise to focus on the possibilities of life
after death since religious studies prove so. At the end, it is clear that
death is real and speculates the end of a person’s life.
William L. “Tradition and Incarnation: Foundations of Christian
Theology”. Paulist Press, 1994.