Hadhrat Ali passes by a grave:
Hadhrat Kumail (Radhiyallaho anho) says: “I was with Ali (Radhiyallaho anho) once on a journey, when he reached an uninhabited place; he approached a grave and said: ‘0 you dwellers of the graves! 0 you who live amongst ruins! 0 you who live in the wilderness and solitude! How fare you in the other world? How has it gone with you there?’ He continued: ‘The news from our side is that all you did leave of the wealth and riches here, has long been distributed; your children are orphans; your widows have long since remarried. Now let us hear about vou.’ He then turned to me: ‘0 Kumail! If they could speak, they would have informed us that the best provision for the Hereafter is Taqwa.’ Tears “,;elled out of his eyes, as he added: ‘0 Kumail! The grave is a container of the deeds; but one realizes it only after death.” Our good or bad actions are stored up in our graves. It is said in a Hadith that every person meets his good deeds in the grave in the person of an agreeable companion who befriends and consoles him there. But his wicked deeds assume hideous shapes emitting bad smells, which add to his misery. In another Hadith it is said: “Three things accompany a person to his grave viz: His wealth (as was the prevalent custom among the Arabs of the time), his relatives, and his deeds. His wealth and his relatives turn back after his burial, but his actions go in and stay with him in the grave.” Once the. Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) asked the Sahabah: “Do you know in what relation your relatives, your wealth and your deeds stand to you?” The Sahabah expressed their desire to know about it. He replied: “It can be likened to a person having three brothers. When he is about to die. he calls one of his brothers to him, and asks him: ‘Brother! You know what plight is mine? What help can you render me at this juncture?’ That brother replies: �’1 shall call the doctor to you. nurse you and attend upon you. And when you are dead, I shall bathe you, enshroud you, and carry you to the grave .. Then I shall pray for you after you are buried. This brother is his kith and kin. He puts the same question to the second brother. who delivers himself like this: ‘I shall remain with you as long as you are alive. No sooner you are dead than I shall betake myself to someone else.’ This brother is his wordly wealth. He then questions the last brother in the same strain, who makes response: ‘I shall not forsake you even in your grave; and I shall accompany you into that place of utter solitude. When your deeds are weighed in the balance. I shall forthwith lend my weight to the scale of your good deeds and weigh it down.’ This brother is the personification of his good deeds. Now, tell me. which of the brothers you regard to be the most useful to the person?’ The Sahabah replied: ‘0, Prophet of Allah! The last brother is really the most useful to him. There is no doubt about it. The other two brothers were of no avail.”
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Hadhrat Ammaar (Radhiyallaho anho) and his parents were also subjected to the severest afflictions. They were tormented on the scorching sands of Mecca. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) while passing by them would enjoin patience giving them glad tidings about paradise. Arnrnaar’s father Yasir (Radhiyallaho anho) died after prolonged sufferings at the hands of persecutors, and his mother Sumayya (Radhiyallaho anha) was killed by Abu . Iahl, who put his spear through the most private part of her body, causing her death. She had refused to renounce Islam in the face of terrible torture in her old age. The blessed lady was the first to meet martyrdom in the cause of Islam. The first mosque in Islam was built by Ammaar (Radhiyallaho anho). When the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) emigrated to Madinah, Ammaar (Radhiyallaho anho) offered to build a structure for him where he could sit, take rest in the afternoon, and say his Salaat under its roof. He first collected the stones and then built the musjid in Quba. He fought against the enemies of Islam with great zeal and courage. Once he was fighting in a battle when he said rejoicingly: “I am to meet my friends very soon, I am to meet Muhammad (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) and his companions.” He then asked for water. He was offered some milk. He took it and said: “I heard the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) saying to me, “Milk shall be the last drink of your worldly life. ” He then fought till he met his coveted end. He was then aged about ninety-four.
‘And in their (the earlier prophets) footsteps We sent Jesus the son o Mary, confirming the law that had come before him. We sent him the Gospel, therein was guidance and light and confirmation of the law that had come before him, a guidance and an admonition to those who fear God.’ Qur’an:5:46
Anas (ra) narrated that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, ‘Verily there are chambers in Paradise; their insides and outsides can be seen – for him who spoke kindly and fed (the hungry).’ (al-Tirmidhi)
‘When you are greeted with a greeting, greet in return with what is better than it, or (at least) return it equally.’ (Qur’an, 4:86) Ibn Abbas commented on this and said, ‘He who greets you return his greeting in better words even if he were a Magian.1 He also said, ‘If Pharoah were to speak nicely to me, I would do so to him.’
Someone inquired of Bilal (Radhiyallaho anho) how the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) met his ex.penses. He replied: “He never kept back anything for future use. I arranged money for him. Whenever a needy person, whether hungry or naked, came to him, he would make him over to me and I would then arrange for his needs by borrowing money from somebody. This is what usually happened. Once a Mushrik came to me and said: ‘Look here! I have a lot of money to spare. Don’t borrow money from anybody else. Whenever you need it. come straight to me.’ I exclaimed: ‘This is indeed fine.’ I began to borrow money from him to meet the needs of the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam). One day, after I had taken mv Wudhu and was about to call Azaan, the same Mushrik accompanied by some people came and shouted, ‘a, Negro!’ When I attended to him. he began to abuse me, using filthy language and said: ‘How many days are left of this month? ‘I said: ‘It is about to finish. ‘He said most insolently: ‘Look here! there are only four days left of this month. If you fail to clear up your debts by the end of the month. I shall take you as my slave for my money and then you will be grazing sheep as you have been doing before.’ After saying this he went away. I remained melancholy and full of grief throughout the day. After Isha when the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) was alone. I went and narrated the story to him, saying: ‘0. Prophet of Allah! you have nothing with you. nor can I arrange any money from somewhere so quickly. I am afraid the Mushrik will disgrace me. I therefore intend to keep away for such time as you get sufficient monev to clear the debts.’ I went home, took my sword, shield, and shoes. and waited for the morning to make for some other place. Just before dawn. somebody came to me and said. ‘Hurry up. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) wants you.’ I hurried to the musjid and found four loaded camels sitting near the Prophet. He said: ‘Good news. Bilal. Allah has made arrangements for clearing your debts. Take these camels with their load. The Chief of Fidak has sent them as a gift to me.’ I thanked Allah and took the camels and cleared up all the debts. In the meantime. the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) kept sitting in the musjid. When 1 returned, 1 said: ‘Alhamdulillah.’ All the debts are now clear. O. Prophet of Allah’ He inquired: ‘Is there anything left from the gift?” I said, “Yes. something is still left.” He said, “Go and spend that as well. 1 shall not go home until the whole lot is spent.’ The Prophet kept sitting in the musjid all day long. After Isha he inquired again if everything had been spent.. I said: ‘Something is still left unspent. A few of the poor have not turned up so far.’ He slept in the musjid that night. Next day after Isha’a he again called me to him and said: ‘Bilal! Is everything finished now?” I said: ‘Yes, Allah has blessed you with peace. Everything is now spent and gone .’ The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) began to hymn the Glory of Allah over this news, for he did not like death to overtake, him while any of the riches were in his possession. He then went home and met his family.” It is common with pious people that they do not like to keep any wealth with them. How could the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam), being the fountain-head of all piety, like to keep anything in his possession? It is said of Maulana Abdur Rahim (May Allah have mercy on him), a Saint of our time, that all that he received as gifts from the people was immediately spent by him and he did not keep anything for himself. A few days before his death, he gave over all his clothes to one of his attendants and said: “If I need to wear any clothes in my life. I shall borrow them from you.” And I also know about my late father, who whenever had any money left after Maghrib, would give it to someone of his creditors (he was several thousand rupees in debt) and would say ‘I would not like to keep this source of trouble with me for the night.’
…After this, the Prophet never appeared at public prayers. A few hours after he returned from the mosque, the Prophet died while laying his head on the bosom of Aisha. As soon as the Prophet’s death was announced, a crowd of people gathered at the door of the house of Aisha, exclaiming: “How can our messenger be dead?” Umar said: “No, he is not dead; he will be restored to us, and those are traitors to the cause of Islam who say he is dead. If they say so let them be cut in pieces.” But Abu Bakr entered the house at this moment, and after he had touched the body of the Prophet with a demonstration of profound affection, he appear at the door and addressed the crowd with the following speech: “O Muslims, if anyone of you has been worshipping Muhammad, then let me tell you that Muhammad is dead. But if you really do worship Allah then know that Allah is living and will never die. Do you forget the verse in the Quran: “Muhammad is not more than a Messenger, and indeed (many) Messengers have passed away before him. If he dies or is killed, will you then turn your back on your heels (as disbeliveers)? And he who turns back on his heels, not the least harm will he do to Allah, and Allah will give reward to those who are grateful.” (Ch 3:144 Quran). Upon hearing this speech of Abu Bakr, ‘Umar acknowledged his error, and the crowd was satisfied and dispersed. Al-Abbas, the Prophet’s uncle, presided at the preparation for the burial, and the body was duly washed and perfumed. There was some dispute between the Quraish and the Ansars as to the place of burial; however, Abu Bakr settled the dispute by affirming that he had heard the Prophet say that a prophet should be buried at the very spot where he died. A grave was accordingly dug in the ground within the house of Aisha and under the bed on which the Prophet died. In this grave the body was buried, and the usual rites were performed by those who were present. Thus ended the glorious life of that Prophet Muhammad. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.
Sulayman inherited David’s prophethood and dominion. This was not a material inheritance, as prophets do not bequeath their property. It is given away to the poor and needy, not to their relatives. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “The prophets’ property will not be inherited, and whatever we leave is to be used for charity.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari). “And indeed We gave knowledge to David and Sulayman, and they both said: “All the praises and thanks be to Allah, Who has preferred us above many of His believing slaves!” And Sulayman inherited (the knowledge of) David. He said: “O mankind! We have been taught the language of birds, and on us have been bestowed all things. This, verily, is an evident grace (from Allah).” And there were gathered before Sulayman his hosts of jinns and men, and birds, and they were all set in battle order (marching forwards).
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