Ramadan Reflections: Day 9 Nafs Hack with Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
Nafs Hack: Contemplating Death
Assalamu alaikum. My name is Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, and this is my Nafs Hack.
When I was in Sacramento (prior to a game), I was taking my pre-game nap, and I had a dream. To this day this dream bothers me. I had a dream I was walking over a bridge, and right underneath the bridge there a was a fire—hellfire.
As I was walking, the bridge collapsed; when it collapsed, I went with it. But there was something that stopped me. And I didn’t want to shift and move my head. I’m looking up to see what prevented my fall, and it was a string of my hair. Then I looked down, and I was sweating, and then the fire was still raging.
And then the dream cut off.
When it cut off, the first thing that came to my mind—and I still get watery eyed when I talk about it—but I didn’t know if the hair saved me or, I didn’t know if the piece of hair eventually broke. So just thinking about that dream everyday pushes me to continue to move forward and to do as much as I can, because life is short.
The Qur’an talks about contemplating death because it brings you closer to Allah, so this is something that I try to think about all the time, because it influences me to continue to push.
I don’t want those odds; I don’t want to be that close.
If that’s what saves me, I’ll take it. I don’t want the separation to be much further than that.
I hope that this story helps those who it hear it. It definitely helps me, and, again, I hope it does the same for you.