There was a King who wanted to travel to a land, and he ordered that he be brought clothes to wear for the journey. He did not like the clothes he was brought and asked for other clothes, until he was brought what he liked and changed into them. He also asked that he be brought an animal to ride, but he did not like the animal and was brought another animal; he rode the best one among them. Satan came to him and blew pride in his nose, and the King responded positively. The King proceeded in a royal procession of horses, and he did not even look at his subjects out of pride. A man with modest clothes came to him and greeted him, but the King did not reply. That man held the rope of the king’s horse, prompting the King to order him,
‘Release the bridle. You have done a grave thing.’
The man said, ‘I have a need from you.’
The King said, ‘Wait until I come down.’
The man said, ‘No, right now,’ and kept his grip on the bridle of the King’s horse, until the King said,
‘Mention your need.’
The man said, ‘It is a secret.’
So the King lowered down his head and that man told him the secret, ‘I am the Angel of Death,’ and the King’s face changed colour and his tongue began to tremble.
He said, ‘Let me go back to my family, so that I might do some things and say good bye to them.’
The Angel of Death said, ‘No, By Allah! You will never see your family or estates again.’
So he captured the King’s soul, and the King fell like a brick.
“And the stupor of death will come in truth: This is what you have been avoiding!”
-The Quran (50:19)
(The above has been taken from a book by Abdul-Malik Al-Qasim named ‘Silent Moments’)