How would you like to be remembered after you’re gone?

cookie courtesy: my daughter

Last night I was in a class and we were asked a question, “how would you like to be remembered after death?”. ⁣

I jumped on the bandwagon and said the first thing that came to my mind. I want to be remembered as someone who was supportive with generosity. As I was doing the dishes this morning this statement came back to me, I reevaluated it in my head, now did I really? What does being supportive mean to me? ⁣

My thoughts carried me to all the people who are in service based industries, doctors, nurses, psychologists, counselors, life coaches, clergymen, Imam’s, scholars, shuyookh, health care professionals, professions that I haven’t even mentioned here. Each and everyone who are trying their best to be of service and offer their support, and my emphasis is on the word support, cause that’s what I had said I wanted to be remembered for. ⁣

I realised that my support, the support I want to offer is not mine, none of those designations I mentioned above are in the position to offer support because we are all in need of support, we are vulnerable beings, and nothing has taught us about our vulnerability more than our present situation. ⁣

I realised that when I offer my support, I am just a vehicle of that support, carrying it with me and passing it on to others, but the source of that support comes from Allah سُبحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ, and He chose me to pass it on to my brethren in humanity. I of my own am weak, vulnerable and always in need of the Ultimate Giver of support. ⁣

“And He found you lost and guided you”⁣

Surah Ad Duha: 7⁣

I am a weakling who can’t find my way, my only source of guidance is my Rabb, everything I do, and aspire to do is through His Mercy, He put me in this place to be of service to others and be that support for others. I am living day to day, moment to moment only by the support of His guidance. Where would I be without that support? سبحان الله‎‬ ⁣

So, how would I like to be remembered after my death? She was someone who lived her life in servitude to her Rabb-this is what I want to be remembered for ‎إن شاء الله. ‬⁣

May Allah سُبحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ always keep us steadfast on our intentions and may He always guide us to the straight path, whenever He finds us lost, so that we may live a life that’s pleasing to Him, in servitude to Him آمين يا رب.

How would you like to be remembered after you’re gone?

Seema Umm Rayyan

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