In this first Friday khutba of Ramadan, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani reflects on the passing of the late Muhammad Ali and his funeral. In this great moment of truth, people were snapping selfies standing at or near the front of the janaza. The immediate and fleeting seems much more real than the ultimate – our own mortality.

Shaykh Faraz brings to the forefront the reality of death and being prepared for it the way Muhammad Ali was, having set in place the specifics of his funeral over ten years ago.

Shaykh Faraz gives practical steps on how to prepare for death and embrace that inevitable reality. He also explains that one should not wish for death, as the Prophet ﷺ‎ taught us that it is best to have a long life full with good actions. However, one should be prepared for it, both spiritually and materially.

 

Photo: Worshipers and well-wishers take photographs as the casket with the body of the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali is brought for his jenazah, an Islamic funeral prayer, in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. June 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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