When I Should Die

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When I should die
Do not grieve for my soul
Know that I am with my Lord
Decreed just when He foretold
That my life’s chapter should close

When I should die
I pray that the angels greet me
That my soul leaves my body easily
And when my heart stops beating
The shahada is the last sound that leaves me

When I should die
Please gently shut my eyes
Clean my body and dress me in white
Linger by my grave for a while
Delay the questioning for some time

When I should die
I know the questions that will be asked
They will assess how I spent my past
Was Allah my first priority or my last
On Islam and the Prophet (SAW) was I steadfast

When I should die
Pray that my sins will be swept away
That I pass the test of the grave
That my book lands in my right hand on that Day
And my soul goes willingly when He calls my name

Residing in Texas, Sanaa Ali holds a lifelong passion for writing and reading. She received her BS in Psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas with a minor in Literature, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman's University. On her days off, you can find her cuddling with her three cats or meticulously obsessing over a painting. Sanaa hopes to bring awareness to mental health issues within the Muslim community and is an advocate for dismantling stigmas surrounding such issues.

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