Islam for Every One: Hi all readers! In this article I will explain the most difficult conditions for people who have died. As Muslims we must know that, because the nature of death is the beginning to enter the next life.
In a hadith it is said, that Aisha radiyallahu ‘anha said, “I once sat cross-legged in the house. Suddenly Allah’s Messenger (Prophet Muhammad) ‘alayhi as-Salam entered and said greetings to me. I then wanted to stand up to greet him as was my custom when he entered the house. He then said, “Sit in your place! You don’t need to stand up, O Believers!”
Messenger of Allah ‘alayhi as-Salam then sat down and put his head on my lap. He then slept on his back in my room. I then looked for gray hair in his beard. I saw nineteen white hairs there. I then thought in my heart. I then said that truly he would leave the world before me and this people would be left without a Prophet. I then cried so my tears fell on my cheeks and fell on his face. He then got up from his allegation and said, “What is it that makes you cry, O Mother of Believers?” I then told him what had happened.
Allah’s Messenger ‘alaihi as-Salam then asked, “What is the most difficult condition for people who have passed away?” I then said, “Say, O Messenger of Allah!” He then said, “You must say it.” I said, “There is no more difficult condition for a person who has died than when he comes out of his house, so his children are sad and say, “O my father! O my mother!” A father said, “O my son!”
Allah’s Messenger alayhi as-Salam then said, “That is a difficult condition. Then what is more difficult than that?” I then said, “There is no more difficult condition for a person who has died than when he was placed in his grave, the land was placed on it, and his family, his children, and his best friend went and gave him to Allah the Exalted with his actions. Then came the angel Munkar and the angel Nakir to him in his grave.”
Allah’s Messenger ‘alayhi as-Salam then said;
“O mothers of believers! What is more difficult than that?” I then said, “Allah and His Messenger know better. “He said, “O Aisha, in fact the most difficult conditions for people who have died are when the person who will bathe him comes to his house and then the person removes the ring that the youth wears from his fingers, removes the bridal gown from his body, and removes the turban worn by the elderly and religious experts from his head to bathe him. It was then that his spirit saw his body naked, so his spirit cried out with a voice that could be heard by all creatures except two beings (jinn and man), “O people who will bathe me! By Allah, I beg you, do not splash your hot water. Don’t make your water hot and cold. Surely my body is on fire because my spirit has been revoked.”
If they have bathed it, then the spirit says, “By Allah, O people who will bathe me! Don’t touch me so hard. Indeed, my body is injured because my spirit has come out.” If that person has bathed him, put him in his shroud, and filled his legs, then his spirit exclaims, “By Allah, O people who bathe me! Do not close the shroud in my head until I see the faces of my family, my children, and my relatives. Truly this is my last chance to see them. On this day I will leave them and not see them until the Day of Judgment.” If the deceased person is brought out of the house, then he exclaims, “By Allah, O people who took me! You must not hurry to take me so that I can say goodbye to my house, my family, my relatives, and my property.” Then he exclaimed, “By Allah, O people who took me! I have left my wife widowed. Then you can’t hurt him! My children are orphans. Then you can’t hurt them! Indeed, today I left my house and did not return to them forever.”
If the person who died was put on the coffin, then he said, “By Allah, O people take me! You must not hurry to take me so that I can hear the voice of my family, my children, and my relatives. Verily, on this day I leave them until the Day of Judgment.” If he is carried on a coffin and people have stepped their feet up to three times, then he cries out with a voice that can be heard by all creatures except two types of creatures (jinn and humans). His spirit said, “O my lovers! O my friends! O my children! Don’t let the world fool you like he tricked me! Don’t let the age fool you like he has been playing with me! Take lessons from what I’ve experienced! Indeed, I have left the property that I have collected for those who are entitled to it, even though they have not carried away any of my sins. It is because of the world treasure that Allah Taala will hold me accountable while enjoying it and not praying for me.”
If they have prayed for him (Janazah prayer) and some of his family and some of his friends returned home, he said,” By Allah, O my friends! I truly know that people who have died will be forgotten by people who are still alive. But you must not forget me this quickly before you bury me, so that you will see my place! O my friends! I truly know that the face of a deceased person is colder than the cold weather in the hearts of the living. But don’t come back so soon!”
If he is placed at the edge of his grave, he says, “By Allah, O people who are taking me! O my friends! I pray for you, but you do not pray for me. “If they have put him (him / her) in the grave, then he said, “By Allah, O people who are entitled to my treasure! I am not accumulating a lot of wealth unless I have left it all for you. So, remember me by increasing good deeds. Really, I have taught you the Quran and ethics, so don’t forget to pray for me.”
All Readers! That is a brief explanation of the most difficult conditions for people who have died. If you want to ask, please ask!
See you in the next article!
Abdurrahim bin Ahmad al-Qadli, Daqqa’iqul Akhbaar fii Dzikri al-Jannati wa an-Naar, al-Haramain Publishing, Surabaya, Indonesia, p. 11-12.