Some people pass away in such a blessed manner, as if they had requested the angel of death to take their soul in that way. These things happen even up to this day but generally to those whose hearts are very clean. We just need to make slight adjustments to our eyes, ears, tongue and heart.
When a person’s soul and body is totally compliant to the commands of Allah Ta‘ala, then Allah Ta’ala becomes happy with him and at the time of death he is given the glad tidings:
يَا أَيَّتُهَا النَّفْسُ الْمُطْمَئِنَّةُ ﴿٢٧﴾ ارْجِعِي إِلَىٰ رَبِّكِ رَاضِيَةً مَّرْضِيَّةً ﴿٢٨﴾ فَادْخُلِي فِي عِبَادِي ﴿٢٩﴾ وَادْخُلِي جَنَّتِي ﴿٣٠﴾
“O compliant soul! Return to your Rabb in a condition that you are pleased with Him and He is pleased with you. Enter among my pious servants and enter my Jannat.”
عن أبي ذر رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم قال قد أفلح من أخلص قلبه للإيمان وجعل قلبه سليما ولسانه صادقا ونفسه مطمئنة وخليقته مستقيمة وجعل أذنه مستمعة وعينه ناظرة فأما الأذن فقمع والعين مقرة بما يوعي القلب وقد أفلح من جعل قلبه واعيا رواه أحمد والبيهقي وفي إسناد أحمد احتمال للتحسين (الترغيب و الترهيب 1/63)
Hadhrat Abu Zar (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Successful is the one whose heart is filled solely with Imaan, and he keeps his heart clean (from all types of sins relating to the heart e.g. malice, jealousy, hatred, evil thoughts etc.) and he keeps his tongue truthful (in his speech, promises, commitments etc) and his soul is at every moment pleased (with Allah Ta’ala and always remembering Him) and his disposition and nature remains completely balanced (in all situations i.e. not inclined towards either extreme exceeding the bounds of Shariah nor falling short in fulfilling the commands of Shariah), and he keeps his ears attentive (towards the truth) and his eyes focused (towards the truth). As far as the ear is concerned, it is a funnel through which things are filtered through, and the heart takes in what the eyes see. Indeed the one who has made his heart the protector of all good is successful.
1. One should cleanse one’s mouth by making miswaak before sleeping.
عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال : كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم لا ينام ليلة ولا ينتبه إلا استن . رواه الطبراني في الأوسط وفيه من لم أجد ذكره وقد رواه أحمد من فعل أبي هريرة وفيه محمد بن عمرو وهو ضعيف مختلف فيه (مجمع الزوائد رقم 2568)
Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that whenever Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) retired to bed at night or awoke, he would use the miswaak.
2. One should apply surmah on the eyes before sleeping.
عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما أن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال اكتحلوا بالإثمد فإنه يجلو البصر وينبت الشعر وزعم أن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم كانت له مكحلة يكتحل بها كل ليلة ثلاثة في هذه وثلاثة في هذه. (ترمذي رقم 1757)
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Abbaas (Radhiallahu Anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Apply surmah by using ithmid (a type of surmah), for certainly it cleans the eyes and causes the hair (eyelashes) to grow.” Hadhrat Abdullah bin Abbaas (Radhiallahu Anhuma) further says that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) kept a container of surmah from which he used to apply surmah every night. He would apply the surmah thrice in the right eye and thrice in the left eye.
Saturday Majlis of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb on the 20th of September 2014
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Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) once addressed some associates and said:
"My beloved friends, make an effort to acquire the friendship of Allah Ta’ala. A poet exclaims: The one who wishes to acquire any lofty position has to burn the midnight oil."
Thereafter Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) mentioned that once a person spent some time in the company of Hazrat Moulana Abdul Qaadir Raipuri (Rahmatullahi Alaihi). He engaged in zikr and spiritual exercises, etc. One day he said to Hazrat Raipuri, “I am carrying out my zikr, etc., but I do not feel the zikr having any effect on me as yet.” Hearing this, Hazrat Raipuri replied, “Continue to strive. Piety and acceptance is not a type of medicine that I can administer to you. You will have to continue striving to acquire it.” (Malfoozaate Hazrat Shaikh 1/108)