يَعْلَمُونَ ظَاهِرًا مِّنَ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَهُمْ عَنِ الْآخِرَةِ هُمْ غَافِلُونَ Surah ar-Rum, Verse 7
Ever so often our wandering minds get stuck at the thought of death. Sometimes, it is triggered by a demise of a loved one, other times by the constant bloodshed one sees happening in their surroundings, in the whole world wide, and sometimes out of pure desire to return to the asal, the reality from where we originated. As a Muslim, ideally, our lives should be so content and lived to the raza of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, that when the day to depart from this world comes, we are filled with joy and happiness, for it is the day to finally meet the Rabb of the universe, the Rabb of everything, the Rabb of our hearts.
In pursuit of wanting a life that pleases Allah ta'ala, we are plagued by questions like 'what do I need to change?', 'where do I begin?', 'there is so much I have missed, how do I bring it all together?'. While I do wish and hope most of us have our faraidh (obligations) fulfilled, it is never too late to intend and make repudiation for our missed duties, bearing in mind that once we have made our effort, our sole trust and tawwaqul is on Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala: that He will accept it from us even though we were left behind due to our own shortcomings.
As Muslims we owe certain duties to ourselves, other creation, and the Creator Himself. I have tried to compile the list of all those faraidh to the best of my ability so that it may aid you and I in making up for them. Remember, when we intend to do something good, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala admires it. And in the course of fulfilling our obligations, if death finds us, let us hope that we will not be clueless, and that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala will forgive our shortcomings and indolence. You can take a print of this article or alternatively, if you can not memorize it all, just jot down a checklist. Fold it and keep it in your diary, put it up your notice board, paste is somewhere you can see it daily and remind yourself — just keep yourself aware that you are going to take a step to prepare for your death, your grave, your akhirah, and in sha Allah, your meeting with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Let's get started. Bismillah.
Here's how I have printed
and pasted charts for my qadha prayers
in my diary, helps me keep track.