Wednesday 7 December 2022

Death of some relieves them and death of some relieves the world (Hadith Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

The caption of our post today may be confusing to some but when we will share the Hadith of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ which we have selected for this post today, many will shiver with fear or some may find a hope into the wisdom of the revered Prophet of Allah which cautions man on how one wishes to meet death when it finally comes to him.

This Hadith in the same context is mentioned in Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī  (Book 81 To make the Heart Tender (Ar-Riqaq) كتاب الرقاق / Chapter 42: The stupors of death باب سَكَرَاتِ الْمَوْتِ) as Hadith 6512, given herein under:

Narrated by Abu Qatada bin Rib'i Al-Ansari:

حَدَّثَنَا إِسْمَاعِيلُ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنِي مَالِكٌ، عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَمْرِو بْنِ حَلْحَلَةَ، عَنْ مَعْبَدِ بْنِ كَعْبِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ، عَنْ أَبِي قَتَادَةَ بْنِ رِبْعِيٍّ الأَنْصَارِيِّ، أَنَّهُ كَانَ يُحَدِّثُ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم مُرَّ عَلَيْهِ بِجِنَازَةٍ فَقَالَ ‏"‏ مُسْتَرِيحٌ، وَمُسْتَرَاحٌ مِنْهُ ‏"‏‏.‏ قَالُوا يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ مَا الْمُسْتَرِيحُ وَالْمُسْتَرَاحُ مِنْهُ قَالَ ‏"‏ الْعَبْدُ الْمُؤْمِنُ يَسْتَرِيحُ مِنْ نَصَبِ الدُّنْيَا وَأَذَاهَا إِلَى رَحْمَةِ اللَّهِ، وَالْعَبْدُ الْفَاجِرُ يَسْتَرِيحُ مِنْهُ الْعِبَادُ وَالْبِلاَدُ وَالشَّجَرُ وَالدَّوَابُّ ‏"‏‏.‏

A funeral procession passed by Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) who said, "Relieved or relieving?" The people asked, "O Allah's Messenger (ﷺ)! What is relieved and relieving?" He said, "A believer is relieved (by death) from the troubles and hardships of the world and leaves for the Mercy of Allah, while (the death of) a wicked person relieves the people, the land, the trees, (and) the animals from him."

Now our caption will make sense. Imagine the death of a demagogue, say like the Pharoah, whose life was a bane for others all along. And many may have prayed for his death and how Joyous they would have been when angel of death clutched away life from his body. And then there are those whose lives have been a comfort and source of inspiration and happiness. Such are the blessed people, who when leave this world, are thankful to Allah that they have been relieved of the troubles and tests and trials of the earthly world and from then forth they would be at the mercy of Allah. 

How fortunate are those who are relieved of the troubles of the world and going back to their Lord with a hope of being shown mercy. And how unfortunate are those whose death relieves people from his tyranny and injustices. Choice is ours as of now: Be among the one who are relieved, and not among the one who relieve.
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door.  
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

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O Allah... I do pray for your mercy and forgiveness..... What a beautiful enlightened..... awareness has been put across to ponder..... May Allah bless the one who endeavors to help others to follow path of piety which please Allah

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