When someone very close to you, someone you enjoy being with, someone for whom you have great hopes for this world as well as the Hereafter, someone who makes you laugh, till tears run down your face, someone in whose presence you feel the envelope of love, security and the warmth of happiness…when that someone dies……. moves behind the invisible curtain, out of your access, what happens to you?
The earth below you falls away, the sky rains tears and the fog of the eyes clouded with tears becomes a permanent factor?
The bounties of Allah in the form of good food, good company, physical comforts are still there but nothing feels the same as it did before the loss, does it?
People come to condole you but the hole in your heart continues to pump out your lifeblood and you grow more and more listless everyday, forgetting to live and too tired for even hoping to die…….
Amidst all this comes the finest condolence from Allah Subhanawataala himself asking me and you to gather ourselves to know that nothing is forever and that he and He alone is the master of our destiny and ……..
if we are Sabir, have fortitude and forbearance in the face of our loss and contain our grief for the sake of Allah Subhanawataala, with the certitude of knowledge that He has promised us the best .
Even though we have lost someone we loved immensely on this earth……..He has opened an eternal window of love, and the door to the fragrant Gardens of Jannah. This message comes to us from His beloved Prophet Muhammad pbuh who has buried five of his six children in his life:
Here is what he (pbuh) says:
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,
“Allah, the Exalted, says: ‘I have no reward other than Jannah for a believing slave of Mine who remains patient for My sake when I take away his beloved one from among the inhabitants of the world”. [Al-Bukhari].
Learned from my lesson on Qibla Hadith 32: Riyadh us Saliheen: Chapter on Patience taught by Sheikh Nuh Keller.