What is Our End?
This blog is going to be an online collection of stories regarding funerals. Written from the point of view of the average Muslim detailing they’re own funerals–they are meant to remind us of the things that really matter. The stories can go off in all sorts of direction but the main focus is death. They can also be true stories.
The names of the authors will be kept private but anyone is free to contribute. Don’t make it super-short nor super-long. Don’t include your name in the actual story, but write it in first person using ‘I’, ‘me’, ‘myself’ and not third-person like ‘And so Dawud was carried…’ Make it realistic and really put some thought and insight into it.
And no, it isn’t meant to be sadistic or for people to think about your death (that’s why I want you to not use your name in it!), but for us to reflect on what we have and what we ultimately really need. It seems weird, but if there is one topic that warrants unlimited discussion, this is it. “Can Muslims even attempt to write this?” is a big question I have and “How many ways can this tale be told?” is also another question that needs answering. The early Muslims loved death…but for our day in age one must ask “Do we?”
If you have stories you wish to contribute please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them here in the comments section and they will be placed up and the comment deleted. It doesn’t always have to be morbid but can have an optimism to it.
–Dawud Israel (author of Muslimology)