Some might ask: ‘Why is death necessary?’ or might argue that “If there is a God, He must be a cruel one for allowing the pain of death to occur.”

The above argument is due to a lack of understanding of the meaning and philosophy of death and life.

The Holy Quran in the second Ayah of Chapter 67 clearly describes the philosophy of death: “He Who created Death and Life, that He may try which of you is best in deed; and He is the Exalted in Might, Oft- Forgiving.” The following points can be understood from the Ayah:

  • Death and Life are both created and hence they exist. As a result, death is not annihilation.
  • Life and Death have a purpose and a meaning.
  • This world is a field of action, and the Hereafter is to receive the recompense of it, like that of the harvest and sowing, for one reaps what one sows.
  • The value of man in the sight of God depends on their good or evil actions and beliefs.