Death and long life

Praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds. May the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon Muhammad, His last Messenger, his household, his companions and all those who follow him till the Last Day.

Seek A Long Life

 Imaam Ahmad (RAH) narrated that Abu Hurayrah (RA)said: Two men became Muslim with the Prophet (sallaallahu alayhi wa sallam). One of them was martyred, and the other remained for another year.

Talhah ibn Ubayd-Allaah (RA) said: I was shown Paradise (in a dream), and in it I saw that the one who was delayed was admitted before the martyr. I was surprised by that, so the next morning I told the Messenger of Allaah (sallaallahu alayhi wa sallam) about that. The Messenger of Allaah (sallaallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: "Did he not fast Ramadaan after he was gone and pray six thousand rakahs. Or such and such a number of rakahs. the prayers of one year?" (al-Silsilah al-Saheehah) The above shows that a long life in which a believer does righteous deeds is better for him than death.The Prophet (sallaallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: "The best of people is the one who lives long and does good." (Saheeh al-Tirmidhi).

Also, he said: "Glad tidings to the one who lives long and does good."(Saheeh al-Jaami) It was said to an old man among our pious predecessors: would you not like to die?" He .said: "No, for youth and its evil have gone, and,old age and its goodness have come.When I get up, I say Bismillaah (In the name of Allaah),and when I sit I say AI-hamdu lillaah (Praise be to Allaah), and I would like this to continue. .. .But Remember Death "Death is a good thing"; it was said to one of the salaf. He responded:"Oh son of my brother, do not do that, for an hour of life in which you ask Allaah for forgiveness is better for you than an eternity of death". Many of the salaf would weep when they were dying, in sorrow for the cessation of their righteous deeds.

A man said: "O Messenger of Allaah,which of the people is best?" He said: "The one who lives long and does good," He said: Which of the people is worst?" He said: "The one who lives long and does evil," (Saheeh al-Tirmidhi). Al-Teebi (RAH) said: "Time is like the capital of a businessman, and it should be invested in such a way as to make a profit. The greater the capital that has been invested well,then the greater the profit.Whoever benefits from his life by doing good deeds will succeed and prosper, but whoever wastes his capital and does not prosper will evidently lose out". May Allaah grant us a long life upon goodness .

Still, death must come. Our sojourn on earth will terminate with the coming of the "destroyer of pleasures" and we will proceed on a fresh journey whose provision we must have gathered from here. That long eternal journey starts with a befitting burial. We hope that we have compiled the essential Islamic injunctions that will ensure a befitting burial for the dead Muslim in this edition. We pray that you find it beneficial and easy to apply at all times. Barakallah feekum!

 

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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