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 Chapter 151- Supplication to be made soon after a Person's Death

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PostSubject: Chapter 151- Supplication to be made soon after a Person's Death   Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:49 am

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Chapter 151

Supplication to be made soon after a Person's Death





Hadith 919


Umm Salamah radiyallah anha reported: The Messenger of Allah Sallalahu aleihi wa visited Abu Salamah radiyallahu anhu when his eyes were open soon after he died. He closed them (the eyes) for him and said,

"When the soul is taken away, the sight follows it.''

Some members of his family began to weep. He Sallalahu aleihi wa said:

"Do not supplicate for yourselves anything but good, for the angels say `amin' to what you say.'' Then he Sallalahu aleihi wa said,

"O Allah! Forgive Abu Salamah, raise his rank among those who are rightly-guided and grant him a successor from his descendants who remain behind. Grant him pardon and us, too. O Rabb of the worlds. Make his grave spacious for him and give him light in it.'' [Muslim].


Commentary: When the soul leaves the body, the eyes remain open as if gazing at it. So, the eyes of the dead body should be closed.

Secondly, one should avoid uttering any imprecation on such occasions as the angels, present on the occasion, say `Amin' to it.

Thirdly, the Prophet's Sallalahu aleihi wa example requires the pious persons to visit a bereaved family. Condoling them, they should invoke supplication and blessing for the departed soul. Besides, they should pray to Allah to bless the bereaved with both spiritual and material gains and multiple goodness. Supplication, as other Ahadith also tell us, is beneficial to the dead person. Condolence and supplication is undoubtedly a confirmed practice of the Prophet Sallalahu aleihi wa. We are supposed to follow only what the Prophet Sallalahu aleihi wa did on such occasions, that is to say, to pray for both the departed soul and the bereaved family. This is not confirmed if in any mourning session, the Prophet Sallalahu aleihi wa ever prayed by raising his hands. But in view of the accepted mode of praying, to raise hands is also allowable.
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