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Wooden boardwalk across water

Muhammad ibn Ja’far related: I heard Muhammad ibn Sabīh, saying: “I was informed  that when a person is placed in his grave [and he has sinned], he is encountered by what he detests therein; the dead from the neighbouring graves say to him: ‘O you whose brothers and neighbours passed away, while you were left behind in the world! Did you not learn a lesson from us [when we died but you stayed alive]? Have you not thought about the notion of us preceding you in death? Did you not notice that our deeds ended by our death, yet you were still given time [i.e. to perform more deeds]? So why did you not take advantage of what we have neglected?’ Then the earth calls him saying: ‘O you who was befooled with the appearance of this worldly life! Why did you not learn a lesson from those who were befooled with this wordly life then they were removed and buried underneath?'” [1]


  1.  cf. Ibn Rajab in Ahwāl al-Qabur (p.26) and Ihyā‘ ‘Ulum al-Dīn (4/482)
  • Transcribed from: Disturber of Hearts; Kitab al-Mugliq | Ibn al-Jawzī

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How easy it is to get caught up in this dunya, to become ensnared by its glitter, to become lured by its temptations, to become captivated by its fleeting enjoyments. A guise covers our eyes, such that we become immersed in this life and seemingly forget the Hereafter. And indeed, insaan (man) forgets of the eternal life that awaits, and the impending judgment that looms large. And insaan forgets death, even while the fact that others are dying while they themselves remain should serve as the ultimate reminder. And insaan forgets of the torment and torture of Hellfire and the eternal bliss and happiness of Paradise as so vividly described in the Qur’aan.

We forget – for if we were cognizant of these realities, aware of them with yaqeen (certainty) and a firm resolution, would we be in such a state of ghaflah (heedlessness) by which our hearts are attached to this world and forgetful of the Hereafter? Indeed it would not be so.

So awaken, oh sleepy ones, awaken from your heedlessness. The akhirah awaits us, death is coming, our graves are ready and our judgment is impending. Our destinations are unknown, so we must strive ever more so towards a good end and race towards the Pleasure of Allaah.


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Laughter and Tears

On the authority of Ja’far ibn Burqaan who said: I came to know that Salmaan al-Faarisee (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) used to say:

Three things make me laugh and three things make me cry. I laugh at the one who is hopeful of the world yet death seeks him; the one who is neglectful (of his Lord) while he is not neglected (by Him); the one who laughs at the top of his voice, while he does not know whether he is pleasing his Lord or displeasing Him. Three things make me cry: parting from our beloved Muhammad (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallaam) and his Companions; the terror of the onset of the pangs of death; and the standing in front of the Lord of the worlds while not knowing whether I will be turned towards the Fire or Paradise.

Hilyatul Awliyaa

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An-Nadhr ibn Ismaa’eel said, “I heard Aboo Dharr 1 saying in one of his speeches, “Concerning Death –then it has been announced to you such that you are looking at it every day and night.

It appears to the one it takes away –who was dear to his people, noble amongst his clan, obeyed and followed among his folk — taking him to a dry arid pit, and to a place of massive hard rocks of stone. The people there have no cushions – except cushions that are mixed and stuffed with poisonous reptiles and vermin – for their cushions on that Day will be [as a result] of their [evil] deeds.

And it appears to those who are filled with concern and are like strangers, those whose concern is just this worldly life, who have striven long for it and their bodies have toiled hard for it. But then death overcomes them before they can attain their goal, for it has taken them by surprise.

And so Death appears to the young boy who is still being suckled, the sick man who is afflicted with pain, and the one who is a hostage of evil, being hell-bent on doing such deeds. Death has been allocated to all these people, and so they are all overtaken by it.

Have not the slaves taken heed of what the admonishers have said?!


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Death is Upon Us

Don’t you know that protection, tomorrow, will be limited to those who feared Allaah [today], and to those who sold something ephemeral for something permanent, something small for something great, and fear for protection? Don’t you realize that you are the descendants of those who have perished, that those who remain will take their place after you, and that this will continue until you are all returned to Allaah? ‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul ‘Azeez

Death is upon us, but you wouldn’t think it so. We lie intoxicated by the dunya and its many trappings. We live our fast-paced lives, in its hustle and bustle, with little time to halt – to ponder and reflect over imminent realities. We think we are guaranteed tomorrow, and the next day, and indeed the day after next. Ironically, we find such certainty in the future, in the longevity of our lives, while in fact, the only thing in which we have true yaqeen (certainty) is our own demise – those empty graves which we will occupy in the depths of the cold, merciless earth.

Death comes unexpected, without a warning. Even still, most deal with death as if it is a far-off reality, when indeed none know its appointed time. Perhaps it is the pleasures of this life that make us blind to the reality of what comes after. Some abhor the topic and frown upon its mention, for it brings them back to the hard-hitting reality of their end, and detracts from the ‘fun’ they engage in. Be that as it may, the uncontested fact – whether or not we wish to acknowledge it – is that we shall die:

The Righteous will die,and the wicked will die …The warriors who fight jihaad will die,and those who sit at home will die …Those who busy themselves with correct belief will die,and those who treat the people as their slaves will die …The brave who reject injustice will die,and the cowards who seek to cling onto this life at any price will die …The people of great concern and lofty goals will die,and the wretched people who live only for cheap enjoyment will die …1


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Remember Allah

A man once asked Abû Al-Dardâ’ – Allah be pleased with him – for advice. He said:


Remember Allah in good times and He will mention you in hard times. When you remember those who have passed away, consider yourself like one of them. And when you think of involving yourself in some worldly matter, consider first what it will lead to in the end.


Siyar A’lâm Al-Nubalâ’

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Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon.


The Shaykh passed away yesterday, subhaanAllah. May Allah ta’ala forgive him his sins, accept his deeds, and grant him Jannat Al Firdaus. Ameen.


May we continue to benefit from the legacy of knowledge he has left behind. Ameen.


SubhaanAllah – surely, it is something to reflect upon that within just a few months Shaykh Bakr Aboo Zayd, Dr Saleh As-Saleh, and now, Shaykh Yahya An-Najmee have left us.


We ask Allah ta’ala preserve our ‘Ulama and allow us to benefit greatly from the works of those who have past.  Ameen.


Wa Salamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatu

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