إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ
Ina lilahi wa ina ilayhi rajiun. We belong to Allah and to him we shall return. May Allah have mercy on him, may he forgive his sins and accept his good deeds and may he widen his grave. Ameen.
Blaine Cameron Johnson or Cadet, as everyone knows him, passed away on the 9th February 2019 from a car accident. This news shocked and rattled so many of us to the core, including myself. His death was a reminder to everyone that tomorrow is not promised no matter who you are or what situation you are in, when your allocated time is up, it is up. There is nothing anyone of us can do to stop that.
I think as a generation we tend to fall into a belief or a notion that we’re immortal that our days on earth are endless, especially with this new social media age we can easily get wrapped around in the ‘glitz and glamour’ of the world. We not only plan what we are going to do tomorrow but we also go as far as planning what we will be doing in 5 maybe 10 years’ time. And I’m not saying that’s entirely a bad thing, but sometimes we forget how to live in the present and forget to appreciate all that we have right in front of us. Instead we’re always wanting more, and our happiness and gratitude is so conditional on getting this, that and the other. Sometimes we just need to be still, take everything in and just appreciate everything we have. Our time on this earth is so limited more limited that we let ourselves believe and that’s one thing Cadet’s death really reiterated to me.
I am pretty sure, Cadet, never thought that the taxi ride was going to be his last and he was very much looking forward to performing at Wireless and all those other big things that was coming his way, only except, it was never going to reach him.
Now, I feel inclined to write about Cadet’s death because not only was he the Underrated Legend, but he was a brother of mine in Islam. I myself, I am on my own unique personal journey as a Muslim and with my relationship with Allah, hence I understand the highs and the lows of it all. I am by no means perfect or even the most pious but the important thing is that I am on a journey where I am consistently trying to get closer to Allah, strengthen my relationship with him and ultimately succeed in both this world and the Hereafter, as was he. From the second he decided to revert to Islam, speak the Shahadah and embark on his own personal journey to Allah, he was somewhat getting there on the right path.
I have seen so many people online say so many different things regarding his music and what that means for him in the afterlife. I do not wish to comment on that, but what I will say is, for me personally I feel the best thing we can all do for him right now is to pray and make Dua for him. Everybody choses to honour the death in different ways, some might choose to play his music and listen to his words repeatedly and others may replay memories of him over and over again in their head, whilst some may set up a well or a foundation in his name. (https://www.gofundme.com/f/a-well-for-blaine-039cadet039-johnson – This is a link of a go fund me page for a well in Cadet’s name.) Whichever works for you.
But the most important thing is that no one is too far from Allah’s mercy and Allah’s mercy is so great beyond what we can comprehend hence we all need to stop underrating this mercy.
No matter what religion or faith you may belong to, always remember that tomorrow is not promised at all. Take a moment to reflect on life. Re centre yourself on who you are, what you want to achieve, your goals, your purpose and what this life means to you. Drink some water, look after yourself, go to a spa, maybe you need a massage or a facial. Get your hair done, nails maybe. Discard any negativity in your life, cut off anything that’s weighing you down, anything that’s polluting your space, your energy and your general well-being needs to go from this moment on. Promise yourself to put you and only you first.
If you were told today that tomorrow is your last day on earth, what would you do differently, who would you call to speak to one last time, who would you forgive, what act of kindness would you do, what do you want to be remembered for. Reflect on all of that.
And more specifically to my Muslims, let this be a wake-up call to you, to move forward on your journey and relationship with Allah. Pray that missed prayer, read Quran, if you have the financial means go on Hajj (pilgrimage) this year or if you don’t give sadaqah (charity) or zakaah from what you do have. Do not wait until it’s Ramadan to make these changes, as Cadet may have been, because who knows if you will still be here by then. The thought is scary but it is also the reality, because only Allah knows when your last day on the Earth will truly be.
P.S – Please donate to this GoFundMe for a well in his name, which would not only benefit him but also those in need of clean water some where – https://www.gofundme.com/f/a-well-for-blaine-039cadet039-johnson
The image is from:
Cadet’s Keele University gig poster (Image: Keele University)