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I know that soon I will no longer have in my life one of my dogs. She is over 15 years old. I’ve had her for more than 13 years, by God’s grace. One of the wonderful things about dogs (or cats, or any animal) is that they are perfect Submitters. They don’t worry about the past or the future; they are happy in the right now. Whether we were on a long trip or a simple visit to a park, my dog was equally happy, thank God.
She’s still happy in each day. Now, her walks are barely up my driveway, but she doesn’t complain. She doesn’t think wistfully of the times she could run and play. She just does whatever she can do and is happy with it. She’s not even thinking that soon she will die.
But, of course, I am. I try to simply enjoy each day that God gives us together, but I can’t help thinking about the future, about how empty my house will feel without her presence. And I wonder when that time will come.
I need to leave it to God. He is the only One who knows the time of death. So, just to remind myself, I pulled up these verses.
[6:60-61] He is the One who puts you to death during the night, and knows even the smallest of your actions during the day.
He resurrects you every morning, until your life span is fulfilled, then to Him is your ultimate return. He will then inform you of everything you had done. [6:61] He is Supreme over His creatures, and He appoints guards to protect you. When the appointed time of death comes to any of you, our messengers put him to death without delay.
[10:55] Absolutely, to GOD belongs everything in the heavens and the earth. Absolutely, GOD’s promise is truth, but most of them do not know. [10:56] He controls life and death, and to Him you will be returned.
[39:42] GOD puts the souls to death when the end of their life comes, and also at the time of sleep. Thus, He takes some back during their sleep, while others are allowed to continue living until the end of their predetermined interim. This should provide lessons for people who reflect.
[63:11] GOD never delays the appointed time of death for any soul. GOD is fully Cognizant of everything you do.
[6:2-3] He is the One who created you from mud, then predetermined your life span, a life span that is known only to Him. Yet, you continue to doubt. He is the one GOD in the heavens and the earth. He knows your secrets and your declarations, and He knows everything you earn.
[13:41] Do they not see that every day on earth, brings them closer to the end, and that GOD decides their life span, irrevocably?
He is the most efficient Reckoner.
[30:8] Why do they not reflect on themselves? GOD did not create the heavens and the earth, and everything between them, except for a specific purpose, and for a specific life span. However, most people, with regard to meeting their Lord, are disbelievers.
[3:145] No one dies except by GOD’s leave, at a predetermined time. Whoever seeks the vanities of this world, we give him therefrom, and whoever seeks the rewards of the Hereafter, we bless him therein. We reward those who are appreciative.
So, when the moment comes when it’s her time, I can release her from this world and allow her to return to God joyfully. It’s not my decision; it’s already decreed by God even before creation. And with certainty, she will be in Heaven, enjoying the company of my past dogs who graced my life.
[6:38] All the creatures on earth, and all the birds that fly with wings, are communities like you. We did not leave anything out of this book. To their Lord, all these creatures will be summoned.
[42:29] Among His proofs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the creatures He spreads in them. He is able to summon them, when He wills.