While I was still far away, a lady came quickly towards me saying, "I came to tell you, there is a wake at your house, and they haven't yet buried the body, so don't bring your veggies home." I stared blankly. She repeated her message, adding, "Your veggies will go bad!" While I digested this information she saw my look and asked, "You don't believe they will go bad, do you?"
My wife and I have a good Muslim lady friend from the Middle East living in our area who is seriously ill with cancer. I was curious to know what Islam has to say to a Muslim who faces death. I called an Imam and asked him what I could read to our friend from the Qur’an that would give her peace, hope and assurance (admittedly this was a loaded question!).