Remembering others: how I dealt with loss

A few days ago a family member of mine passed away. The feeling to see your mom and dad and other family members crying was absolutely heartbreaking. On a day like this you can feel again how much family means and how we sadly forget each other sometimes. Despite the fact I never really knew him because I moved to another country, and it’s been now eleven years since the last time I saw him. Yes it hurts a lot that I never spent time with him, but I will never forget his face and the beautiful things anyone says about him. To hear that he was a funny one and made everyone smile gave me a smile on my face.

Don’t forget

In Islam, when you die it isn’t that you just pass away and that’s it. You will be remembered every time of the day, in our prayers, thoughts and daily things we do. Faith in life after death is one of the six fundamental beliefs required of a Muslim to complete his faith. Rejecting it renders all other beliefs meaningless. Because most of the time we forget that we are here temporary.

Helping each other

The most important thing to do when someone dies is helping and comforting each other. No one can say they don’t feel anything. Even when you’re not related to the person who passed away, death reminds people of the moments of pain they’ve endured. It’s beautiful to see how much love and family mean in a difficult period. Don’t forget … at the end of the road, the only thing you have is your faith and family.

Move on

Often we forget that the one who dies always wants that we move on and do better in our lives, that we make dua and never forget them in our prayers and thoughts. Think about it yourself, do you want that your family and friends cry every day for you? Or do you want that they move on and make something out of their lives? I choose the second one because I want them to be happy in every way.

Dear uncle, I will never forget you in my prayers. As humans, no matter what we believe in, we need to remember our forgotten family, friends and other people who passed away. You are in our thoughts and prayers, may you rest in peace.

Written by Soufyan Harraoui

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Soufyan Harraoui is 19 years old and interested in everything that is related to computer science. He also loves writing poetry and taking photographs.