Alexander III (aka Alexander the great), the king of Macedon was the most powerful military learder and conqueror of the ancient world. By the age of 30 he had created one of the largest empires stretching over 3000 miles from Greece to India. He is known to have undefeated in battle and is considered one of history’s most successful commanders.
During his last hours on his deathbed, Alexander told his generals, “After my death when you put my body in the casket, let my arms dangle over the edges with my palms wide open, so the public see my empty hands while I am leaving the world”. The generals did as was told. Many dignitaries who came to the funeral were surprised to see his arms out of the casket with his palms wide open. Upon enquiring they were told “Alexander wanted to show that when he ruled the World, great treasures of gold, silver and wealth came to be under his possession, yet indeed he is leaving the World empty handed” (Writing of JC Pinkerton)
On his deathbed Alexander realized his conquests, his great army, his sharp sword and the treasures of wealth he had accumulated during his entire life were of no use, and he had to leave them in this World.
Lesson to Learn: This is the reality of this life. We come to this World empty handed and will leave this World empty handed. Verily, the wisest person is he who prepares himself for the life after death by obeying the Creator’s commands in best of manners as we all return to God after we die. Always remember the only things that go with us after death are our deeds.