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Death and its Remembrance

The Hairdresser of the daughter of Fir’awn

baqee2Hadhrat Ibn Abbaas (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “On the night of Mi’raaj, I perceived a beautiful fragrance. I said: O Jibreel, where is this beautiful fragrance coming from? He said: This is the fragrance of the hairdresser of the daughter of Fir’awn and her children. I asked: inform me regarding them. Jibr’aeel (Alayhis Salaam) explained: One day, whilst she was combing the hair of Firawn’s daughter, the comb fell from her hand and she said, ‘Bismillah (in the name of Allah Ta’ala).’ The daughter of Firawn asked: ‘By taking the name of the Lord, are you referring to my father?’ She said: ‘No. My Lord and the Lord of your father, Fir’awn, is Allah.’ She said: ‘I will report this to my father.’ She said: ‘You may inform him.’ The daughter informed him and he thus summoned the beautician and said: ‘O So and so, do you have a Lord other than me?’ She said: ‘Yes, my Lord and your Lord is Allaah.’ He ordered that a large pot made of copper be heated up, then he ordered that she and her children be thrown into it. She said: ‘I have a request to make to you.’ He asked: ‘What is your request?’ She said: ‘I would like my bones and my children’s bones to be gathered together in one cloth and buried.’ He said: ‘This will be done for you.’ He ordered that her children be thrown into it in front of her, one by one, until they came to the last one who was an infant boy who was still being breastfed. It was as if she hesitated because of him, but he said: ‘O mother, go ahead, for the punishment of this world is easier to bear than the punishment of the hereafter.’ So she went ahead.” Hadhrat Ibn ‘Abbaas (Radhiyallahu Anhu) said: “Four infants spoke miraculously during their infancy: “Hadhrat Isa ibn Maryam (Alayhis Salaam), the witness of Jurayj, the witness of Yousuf (Alayhis Salaam) and the son of the hairdresser of Firawn’s daughter.” (Musnad Ahmad)

Sayyidah Aasiyah (Rahmatullahi Alayha) and the Persecution of Firawn

baqee2Sayyidah Aasiyah (Rahmatullahi Alayha) was the wife of Fir’awn who had brought Imaan on Hadhrat Moosa (Alayhis Salaam). Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) narrates that Fir’awn had pegged both her hands and feet into the ground with nails and left her in the scorching heat. He had not yet completed doing this when the angels formed a shade over her. At this point she supplicated,

رَبِّ ابْنِ لِي عِندَكَ بَيْتًا فِي الْجَنَّةِ

O my Lord, build for me a house by You in Paradise.

She had witnessed her heavenly abode as she drew her last breaths in this world. (Final Moments of the Pious pg. 91)

Being Favoured by Allah Ta’ala at the Time of Death

baqee2When the hour of death drew near for Ibne Idrees (Rahmatullahi Alaih), his daughter began to weep. He said, “Do not cry my child, I have completed four thousand khatams of the Holy Qur'an in this house.”

Hasan Ibne Hayye (Rahmatullahi Alaih) says, “I was with my brother, Ali (Rahmatullahi Alaih) on the night when his soul departed from this world. Once, during the night, he called for water while I was observing Salaah. When I had finished, I brought him a cup of water but he told me that he had already taken water. I asked in surprise, “Who brought you the water? There is no one in the house, except you and me.” He replied: “Jibraa’eel (Alayhis Salaam) brought me some water which I drank just before you came, and he said to me, ‘You and your brother are with those unto whom Allah Ta'ala  has showered His favour.’ (The reference is to the following Ayat from the Holy Qur'an:

وَمَن يُطِعِ اللَّـهَ وَالرَّسولَ فَأُولـٰئِكَ مَعَ الَّذينَ أَنعَمَ اللَّـهُ عَلَيهِم مِنَ النَّبِيّينَ وَالصِّدّيقينَ وَالشُّهَداءِ وَالصّالِحينَ

Whoever obeys Allah and His messenger, they are with those unto whom Allah has showered His favour, amongst the Ambiya (Messengers of Allah), the Siddiqeen, the Shuhadaa (martyrs) and the righteous. (Nisaa verse 69)      (Fazaail Sadaqaat-Urdu pg.665)

Habib Ajami (Rahmatullahi Alaih) on his Deathbed

baqee2It is mentioned regarding Sheikh Habib Ajami (Rahmatullahi Alaih) who is one of the renowned spiritual leaders, that he looked gravely concerned at the time of his death. Someone said to him, “It is strange that a pious person like yourself should feel so afraid at the hour of death. We have never seen you in such a state prior to this.” The Sheikh replied, “The journey (to the Hereafter) is extremely far and I do not have sufficient provisions for the journey. Neither do I have knowledge of the way as I have not traversed it before. I will soon be meeting my Lord and Sustainer, the Master of my soul, who prior to this I have not met. I shall have to see such horrible spectacles as I have never seen before. I shall be laid in the grave under the ground and be there till the day of Qiyaamah, all alone, without any friend or comforter. I shall then be required to appear before Allah Ta’ala  for reckoning and, if I am asked and told, O Habib, present one 'Subhaan-Allah' which you have done solely for Allah Ta’ala untarnished by the evil influence of Shaytaan during the sixty years of life in this world, what answer would I have to present? I fear that I may not be able to produce even one 'Subhaan-Allah' free from the influence of the Dunya.” (Fazaail Sadaqaat-urdu 671)

A Cure for Hard-heartedness

baqee2Once a woman came to Hadhrat Aishah (Radhiyallahu Anha) and complained to her of her own hard-heartedness, whereupon Hadhrat Aishah (Radhiyallahu Anha) advised her to soften her heart through remembering death in abundance. The woman did as she was advised and after a few days she returned and expressed her thanks and gratitude to Hadhrat Aishah (Radhiyallahu Anha) (Fazaail Sadaqaat-Urdu-633)