A temporary loss of health is one of the great blessings God has enabled his servants to experience. When one falls ill, all worldly engagements involuntarily come to a standstill -- engagements about which man normally imagines that they are unavoidable. Man comes to realize that, after all, he is not indispensable to the world, nor is the world indispensable to him. While a person is ill, he does not enjoy the food he normally does as a healthy person. It gives him a reason to thank God for the numerous blessings He has made available to him, as also the accompanying abilities with which he can properly benefit from them.
When illness gets more acute, one gets a real feeling of rubbing one's shoulders with death. Thus one realizes that death is a serious possibility. It is this experience that actually enables one to recognize genuinely the folly of one's over-involvement in unnecessary worldly pursuits. The weakness of one's body and the acuteness of illness all help in bringing home the fact that when the time comes to depart from this world, no one will come to the rescue of the departing soul. This near-death experience is needed by all of us. And indeed it comes to our service on a fairly regular basis. How very unfortunate then, that, despite going through such an experience, we still find our worldly life so absorbing ,hat we do not spare time to ponder seriously about our life-after-death?
(Dr Khalid Zaheer)