Student’s NameInstructor’s NameCourse Title DateThePerspective of DeathIwas born and raised in the Middle East where people are non-religious. Hence, Igrew up as a Muslim on Islamic teachings. Regardless, I view the beauty ofspiritual traditions and other religions. However, I am still not contentedthat religions come from gods or higher power, which does not imply that I amopposed to the verdict. My religion terms death as the cessation of worldlylife and the start of an afterlife, or simply a disconnection of the soul fromthe body. Again, the issue raises a dilemma.
Nevertheless, my values, ideas,and beliefs have been formed by my own religious tradition, Christianitybeliefs, philosophical teachings, and personal experience.InIslam death is termed as a painful experience. The Islamic traditions elaboratethe situations before, during, and after death. First, the angel of deathappears to proclaim souls. After death, then there appear two otherangels who judge to evaluate their sins.
The believers’ souls are extractedwith ease whereas for sinners painfully. The virtuous cooperate well and securetheir comfort and peace whereas the offenders fail to comply and facepunishment. Souls either rest in a place known as Barzakh during the periodbetween the final resurrection and worldly life or abruptly pass into hell orparadise after the questioning. Furthermore, the martyrs, who die for God’swill, 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 trespassto another world. Moreover, it also supports that death is inevitable to allhuman beings.Christian’sbelief in death varies between individual believers and denominations.
However,Christians believe in heaven, since they are granted freedom from sin andsuffering. Most Christians believe that Jesus died on the cross for theirimmoral behaviors, so that they could achieve salvation. The religious Bibleconsists of references to hell and heaven. It is clearly indicated that thosewho abide by Jesus’s teachings will gain salvation while the non-followers willeventually end up in hell. The Bible states that there is a moment of birth andthat of death. Moreover, it also suggests that God is the provider of life andeventually proclaims it.
Therefore, religious faith also indicates that therewill be life after death.Philosophicalteachings try to connect many perspectives on death. Most philosophers believethat there are no experts on death. They argue that individuals are lessconcerned with their death rather than the death of the people close to themsuch as family. Evidently, death brings a routine to a halt, which raisesdeepest 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 theconstituent chemicals and the process of birth and death progresses in asimilar manner.
An experienced individual on a death, which may have claimedtheir loved ones slowly and painfully, may understand the weight of thesequestions. Deathmakes people wonder whether there exists a routine and nature of what they maybe dealing with in human life. Nevertheless, it facilitates individuals to viewlife 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 towardsdeath directs individuals in understanding the changes caused by life (Portier13). Young adults focus on maturing while the older focus on being younger.Moreover, the young understand that death is universal despite theirunfamiliarity with their mortality. As for the older, mortality begins todisappear.
Through philosophy, I learnt that the first action towardsunderstanding something is picturing oneself (Portier 19). For instance,understanding death would involve understanding that one is already born andwould exist for a while then later face death. Then next, learn how tosocialize with other people such as family and friends freely, and ask what onemay not understand.
As such, an individual is able to connect with people’semotions or certain situations because it is difficult to reason and questionon specific perspectives without a positive feel for them.Ina 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 toadvise me on dedicating to other beliefs. I did not comprehend on her remarks becauseI failed to connect with her emotions. I came to realize later that she hadbeen brought up in Christianity but was subjected to Islam by my father aftermarriage. Initially, she used to live in the U.S.
and was exposed to differentcultures. Hence, she had a deeper understanding of numerous traditional beliefson many aspects such as death, which could have enlightened me. Her deathcaught me unaware since I always believed that death was a passage to another lifebut 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 Ireached a point that I wished she could die. Nevertheless, what disturbed methe most was whether we could ever meet again after her death. This subjectedme to investigate the meaning of death, but finally, I gathered enough ideas. Ilearnt that death is universal to all human beings and is a passage to anotherlife that requires certain aspects in order to be achieved.
Followingmy experience in the four areas, I was able to understand the actual meaning ofdeath. They are all based on different perspectives but finally seem to share acommon perspective. For instance, Islam and Christianity imply that humanbeings were created to live for a while and later trespass to another world.
Similarly, the arguments from philosophers also suggest that a human being isborn but eventually is destined to die. Thus, Death has no direct meaning. Itoccurs abruptly and to all people.
Also, obsessive cogitation of death candestruct people from life. Thus, understanding death involves reflecting on itssignificance on an individual’s life and relying on the greater values thatgrant life its meaning. In my case, I have revisited the areas and understoodthat death is universal to all human beings.
However, there requires nopersonal obligation to live, it is wise to focus on the possibilities of lifeafter death since religious studies prove so. At the end, it is clear thatdeath is real and speculates the end of a person’s life. WorksCitedPortier,William L. “Tradition and Incarnation: Foundations of ChristianTheology”. Paulist Press, 1994.