Desiring a Beautiful Death

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

A common perception among people is that if a person passes away in Makkah Mukarramah or Madeenah Munwwarah, or on a Friday etc. then he has ‘cashed in’. However, passing away in these places or days, does not necessarily mean that this person has struck a ‘jackpot’. Instead, you would look at the life of this person, the way he conducted himself and his level of submission to Allah Ta‘ala. If outwardly he seemed to be a righteous person and he passes away in this beautiful manner then it would be like a ‘cherry on the top’. On the contrary, if he was not an outwardly righteous person, then Allah Ta‘ala knows best, but it does not necessarily mean that he has struck the ‘jackpot’. Though we all desire to have such deaths, but the more important thing is the way we lead our lives and the level of our submission to Allah Ta‘ala.

Reward of Four Actions Continuing after One’s Demise

عن أبي أمامة رضي الله عنهما قال سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم يقول أربعة تجري عليهم أجورهم بعد الموت رجل مات مرابطا في سبيل الله ورجل علم علما فأجره يجري عليه ما عمل به ورجل أجرى صدقة فأجرها له ما جرت ورجل ترك ولدا صالحا يدعو له رواه الإمام أحمد والبزار والطبراني في الكبير والأوسط وهو صحيح مفرقا من حديث غير واحد من الصحابة رضي الله عنهم  (الترغيب والترهيب 1/160)

Hadhrat Abu Umaamah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “There are four such actions that a servant carries out, the reward of which will continue to be written for him in his grave (even) after his demise; (1) the one who passed away while guarding the Islamic frontiers in the path of Allah Ta’ala (2) the one who had imparted some Deeni knowledge, thus its reward will continue for him as long as that knowledge is practiced upon (3) the one who had given sadaqah (sadaqah jaariyah e.g. he dug a borehole or a well etc.), thus its reward will continue for him as long as the benefit of the sadaqah continues (4) and the one who left behind a pious child who makes duaa for him after his demise.”

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 23

1.When two Muslims meet, then after salaam they should make musaafaha (shake hands). Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has said that the completion of greeting one’s Muslim brother at the time of meeting him is that he makes musaafaha with him after salaam.

عن ابن مسعود رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال من تمام التحية الأخذ باليد (ترمذي رقم 2730)

Hazrat Abdullah bin Mas’ood (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “(When two Muslims meet) then the completion of their greeting (each other with salaam) is that they make musaafaha with each other.”

Securing the Du’aa of the Angels

Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

When one makes du’aa for any Muslim in his absence, then in reality one is actually making du’aa for oneself. The Hadith has mentioned that when any person makes du’aa for his Muslim brother to be blessed with goodness and success, then the angels of Allah Ta’ala say to him, “May you be blessed with the same!” (i.e. O servant of Allah! May Allah grant you the very thing that you are making du’aa for your brother to receive) Hence, to make du’aa for every Muslim to be blessed with goodness is a definite method for one to secure the du’aa of the angels. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 110)

Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Seventeen

Allegations of Some People of Kufah:

In the year 21 A.H., some people of Kufah came to Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and laid complaints against Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) who was their governor. Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thus dismissed him (from his position as governor, in order to quell the fitnah that the people were attempting to create), and appointed Hazrat ‘Ammaar bin Yaasir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) in his place.

When these people of Kufah complained about Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), they even complained that he was not performing salaah correctly! Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thus called for Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). When he arrived, Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) addressed him with the utmost respect saying, “O Abu Ishaaq (this was the kunyah (filial title) of Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu))! Indeed these people are claiming that you do not perform salaah correctly.

Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “By Allah! As for myself, then I would perform for them the salaah which Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had taught us, without any deficiency.” Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then gave an example of how he emulated the salaah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioning, “When I lead them in the ‘Esha Salaah, I lengthen the first two rakaats and shorten the second two rakaats.” Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “O Abu Ishaaq! That is the exact opinion that I held regarding yourself!”

Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thereafter sent Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) back to Kufah with a few people (in order to investigate the allegations against Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), so that his innocence may be proven and his name cleared). They thus went to every musjid of Kufah and asked the people regarding Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). When questioned, the people had nothing but praise for Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

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