May 21, 2012

Have you ever had a near death experience or met someone who has?

I’ve always been interested in what happens to us when we die. I have heard many versions but I guess I was looking for something in Islamic literature to read more about the Hereafter. And today, after copious readings of different reports and stories of near death experiences (NDE) and the people who came back to tell us, I was not surprised at all. I remember telling someone not long ago that I believed that what happens to us at the very moment of death, the struggle to die, is the same as what happens to a new born baby when he struggles his way out of the womb and comes spluttering and choking down the birth canal into life.

After birth, it is claimed you come into the light, and at death. After slipping out of life you also come into the light. The people whose documented experiences talk of a bright white light and the overwhelming sensation to come into the light where it is warm and comforting cannot all be false and made up; the experiences are too similar. Almost all of the NDE stories mention the light and some even claim that it is Jesus in the white light. I do not believe that all these experiences are lies.

I don’t have an NDE story of my own but can relate an incident where two boys, best of friends were in an accident together and one lived and one died. At the moment of the one boy passing on, one of the women standing at the bedside reported the still living boy speaking to his friend. When the boy had passed on, everyone was eager to hear what had been said. He said he told his friend not to die, to fight, but the boy stretched his arm out and said he was happy where he was and someone was waiting for him to go fishing.

Near death experiences, psychics, people reporting NDE stories which are documented in books and reports all point to an afterlife. Whether this is enough to convince people that there is indeed a Hereafter, I don’t know but would like to think that when we leave this world that there is a nice warm celestial light for us to step into and that we can also go fishing. Maybe that is heaven? Maybe you can write about it if you have something to add?

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