Salam alayk wrh.
I'm very much aware that Ramadan is very, very near and it's a cause for a celebration of 'ibadah. However, I'm not gonna touch much on the subject since it's a well-known fact that Ramadan it's the month for any 'ibadah and change of akhlaq.
"Because of that We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder or (and) to spread mischief in the land - it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind. And indeed, there came to them Our Messengers with clear proofs, evidences, and signs even then after that many of them continued to exceed the limits (e.g. by doing oppression unjustly and exceeding beyond the limits set by Allah by committing major sins) in the land!"
Yes, about life. Not life as a whole process but a fact that is often overlooked in normal times, that we are living, breathing and simply alive.
Learning Biology at a higher level has opened my mind of the extremely delicate mechanisms that Allah SWT
has devised to have the ahsaneel taqweem - greatest of creations; a title He blessed upon humans, alive and functioning to the maximum.
From the verse above, Allah has put a very high price, priceless actually, on the lives of humans such that a life of a single man is equal to the whole mankind. Is it because that humans are very hard to make? Don't think so with the piles of babies born year by year, but because of the value of life itself; it's a gift. Gift of time, energy and opportunity to be better, be of service to others, but what is more of importance is stated in the ayaah below:
"And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans expect they should worship Me (Alone)"
Undoubtly it's a very famous ayaah but how many realise of it's raw importance? Our sole purpose is to worship Allah SWT. Is it done only by doing salaah? Definitely no. When we submit ourselves to The All Great, we agree upon His terms that we will do everything that is ordained and reject everything that is prohibited. All this is compiled into a guide called Islam where there is instructions for every moment and detail of a Muslim's life.
Now, how about to those who disregard the value of life and throw it away like bones of a chicken?
Consider the photo below and imagine if they were alive at that moment and seeing it?
*Yes, I did pick that up from 9gag*
Would they reconsider their choice to take their lives? To those who aren't ready to be six-feet under, they will.
"Do not kill yourselves. Verily, Allah is Most Merciful to you."
That is the verse Allah reserved to suicidal thinkers. Didn't we just agreed to do everything He said? If we did, we won't commit suicide.
Suicide isn't just in the form of taking one's life away immediately, it could be slow with consequences all the way but ultimately it's done by yourself to yourself.
Okay, that's about suicide, but what about the ones wasting their lives with empty missions and aims?
To have a steady job?
To date a beautiful girl?
To be rich exponentially?
Those very aims defeats the purpose of being alive. Living life is not to gain something vague in the way only to depreciate or lose its benefits in the end. Live life so that it's to the fullest, where everyone can benefit from your existence.
Give sustenance to the needy so that they have the opportunity to live better.
Teach knowledge so that the young can learn and develop the world.
Share experiences so that others don't fall in the same hole.
Isn't that what is ordained by Allah? Apart from doing our salaah but also to yanfa'unnas - be of benefit mankind? Guard relations and strengthen bonds.
Simply said, you live twice, but the second depends on what you did in the first. (Not karma here)
Your life is not yours to abuse, but is borrowed to gain mardhatilah.