A message from the grave
I have not thought about Reem in a while. Actually, I am a bit dazzled that it has been 2 years since she passed away. I ran into her aunt a couple of days ago. I asked after Reems’s family. I sort of developed an odd kind of friendship with the family under the circumstances.
Suha told me that Reem’s parents had a baby boy… it was totally unexpected, as they are in their forties. Still, they are ecstatic about little Yusuf. They felt he is a gift that has been sent to them from God to compensate for the pain they felt for losing Reem.
Suha told me that her sister (Reem’s mother) dreamt about Reem one night during her pregnancy. She asked her to name the boy Yusuf after someone she met. She explained that Yusuf is buried next to her. Needless to say, the mother could not wait for the day to break in order to drive to the grave yard. There, she found Yusuf lying next to Reem.
I don’t want to get all philosophical about this. It could be simply that the mother saw the grave and internalized the name without realizing it… but to play the devil’s advocate here…is it possible that the dead try to get in touch with us through dreams and other means? Could it be possible that the dead meet and visit each other and have a life of their own, a life that is totally separate from the one we have here? if so, what kind of life is it? Do the same rules that apply here apply there? Are there notions of haram and 3eib in this life? Do they have religions, politics, societies, communities, identities, nationalities, sexuality? Do they have the same elements that make us humans? Is it the next stage after life on earth?
Is death a religious thing? is it civil? human?
I just thought about Memnoch the Devil….