Paul Walker: How He should be remembered

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Author’s-Note:
“Every Soul shall taste Death. Then to Us, you all shall return.”(Noble Qur’an: Chpt.29, V.57)

“It is He who has created Death, as well as Life, testing which of you will do best. And, He is the All-Honorable, the All-Forgiving.”(Noble Qur’an: Chpt.67, V.2)

Paul Walker, A-List Actor, who made a signature-role for himself, as LAPD Det. “Brian O’Conner”, in the very popular “Fast & Furious” movie franchise, unfortunately, died in a car accident, in California, Nov. 30th, 2013. His death, of course, has shocked many. However, I don’t want to go too deep into his death, or how he died, because I personally feel that this would be an (unfair) infringement upon his respective loved-ones-I would like to simply focus more on how this Man had lived as opposed to how he died.

I’ve read some confirmed reports, by US Weekly, that he had came from a charity-event, for the typhoon-victims of the Philippines, prior to his untimely demise. Now, imagine that: realistically, this actor, much like many screen-stars like him, he could’ve been anywhere that night. Yet, he chose to be in the service of others, to help raise much-needed (monetary) relief-aid, for people whom he’s probably never met & would’ve probably never met; but, because they’re Human beings just like he is, he felt that it was that necessary to help them-It’s very ironic that had Paul Walker had not even died, we probably wouldn’t have even known that he was at a recent Filipino charity-event. To me, that actually speaks volumes about his sincerity, that he wasn’t looking to expose his own good-works just for the World to see.

This is what I’d like to really focus upon: this celebrity could’ve easily been at a party, or any other place on Earth that his status as an A-List Celebrity could afford him, which are so many/too many places to count; however, when called upon to help his fellow Man, he didn’t hesitate to respond. I have no idea what will become of him in the Hereafter, that is exclusively the Divine-Decision of Allah, his Creator/Lord. But, one thing that I can say, personally, as a Muslim, that I would rather have been like Paul Walker, doing something that will in fact enhance the Humanity of others via helping them in their darkest hours of need, than to die at a club, or in Jail/Prison, or on the streets of an Urban turf-war, or any other thing which poses no true benefit to anyone.

I think that it’s especially important, at this point, to be respectful to the sensitivities of those whose hearts are connected to this Man, like his family, friends, etc. Even Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him), had said, “Insulting the dead causes grief to the living and does not reach the dead.”(Companions of the Prophet, AbdulWahid Hamid) I’ve seen some pretty tasteless things made about Paul Walker, whether it’s memes, or any other photo-shopped gestures, or even statements, which people seem to be appropriate as soon as someone is confirmed dead, when it reality, it’s so not appropriate at any time, but, especially at the time of someone’s death.

Let’s not only remember Paul Walker as just “some actor”, but, rather as a great Humanitarian, who spent the last weekend of his life in the service of others, while the rest of us would’ve just spent our weekends having what we call “Fun” & just selfishly enjoying our limited time here in the Mundane, without any care in the World, about the life of the Other. This Man, this Human being, who was more preoccupied with the business of being an Actor than any of us could possibly imagine, spent the last weekend of his own life in the service of others. How many of us, who are not Celebs, whom are not wealthy, who have all the time in the World, purposely walk by a person who may need our help & we pretend like they don’t even exist, as if their existence has zero-value?

So, to conclude, I’ll just end-off with the following advice: if you really respect Paul Walker, if you really love Paul Walker, if you really miss Paul Walker, if you’re really a fan of Paul Walker, then, do what Paul Walker would’ve done & did do…go out there, wherever you are & help someone, be the cause of improvement & enhancement of the Humanity of your fellow Man.

Gareth Bryant/2013

10 responses »

  1. nice piece of testimonial. but for non-muslim, their gud deeds would be rewarded in this life and for the next life we know their fate-if died non-muslim.

  2. Well said.

    I learned in school that around 9% of deaths in the US are sudden and unexpected (car accidents, choking, murder, etc.) This is a good reminder to keep your affairs in order, and remember to pray.

  3. Well truly after reading all this about Paul Walker, he was an indeed a humble man with great personality and much more…i admire his great work ethics and love his morals. He may not have been a Muslim, but he was still a human being. As a Muslim and also as a human it is our responsibility to help one another No matter who u r…May Allah (swt) bless his soul and give him a spacious place in paradise.

    • Well, honestly, Samir, Islaically, we can’t make Du`a’ for People who do not die as Muslims. However, what we can/should do is make Du`a’ for the survivng loved-ones of those who died as Non-Muslims.

  4. I know this much doesn’t mater of how could a person is if he or she doesn’t see islam has the religion,then iam sorry no paradise for them,ie prophets own uncle is destined to hell even though he fought along side him,and didn’t pray the kalmia when death came to him,he said he coudnt abandon his forefathers religion,thats were the prophet revealed saying the least punishment in hell will be they will be given shoes made of fire

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