Many have lost their beloved family members in recent days and weeks. We take the opportunity to condole the bereaved and provide guidance on the loss.
We belong to Allah Ta'ala
The soul and body belong to Allah Ta'ala. Allah Ta'ala has fixed a time for the soul to occupy the body in this earthly life. When this fixture expires, the soul departs and returns to its Owner and the body returns to its origin. Death occurs by the decree of Almighty Allah and cannot be averted under any circumstances.
To Allah belongs whatever He gives and whatever He takes away. Everything has a fixed term by Allah Ta'ala. Indeed to Allah we belong and to Him we shall all return.
The deceased person can now see 'reality' as we believe it in this world without seeing. The deceased looks back at the narrowness and deception of the world and wishes his family could know about the vast bounties and enjoyment of the Hereafter. He wishes those in the world can join him. The deceased has traversed the painful journey of this world with all its challenges. At the end of this tiresome journey the deceased feels the relief of one who returns home from a long journey.
The reality of life is death
Every person arrived in this world alone and shall depart alone. The reality of life is death. To be aware of and prepare for this reality is the purpose of life. To experience grief, sadness and pain at the loss of a beloved is natural. We are consoled by the fact that death is not the end but the beginning of a better existence for the deceased. In reality, a believer does not grieve over death itself, but we grieve over the detachment we feel from the departed soul. Death itself is the decree of Allah Ta'ala and a bounty for a believer.
A palace for patience
In a Hadith it is mentioned that when someone dies and the family members bear the loss with patience and praise Allah Ta’ala, then Allah Ta’ala builds a palace named 'Baitul Hamd' for those praising Him.
Nabi r said, "Allah Ta'ala says, “The reward for my servant who exercises patience after I have taken away his beloved is none other than Jannah” (Sahih Bukhari)
What to do on the loss of a beloved
Recite Inna lillah wa Inna ilayhi Rajioon as often as possible. This Quranic verse is the balm for grief and sorrow.
Recite as much Quran Shareef, Zikr, Durood and Kalima Tayyiba as possible for the deceased.
Engage daily in dua for the forgiveness and salvation of the deceased. Include oneself in this Dua by remembering death and reflecting over our life and actions.
Keep the good legacy and advices of the deceased alive by practicing on it.
May Allah Ta'ala grant all our deceased forgiveness and elevate their ranks. May Allah Ta'ala fill the hearts of the family members with patience and strength and guide us to prepare for our death.
Darul Ihsan Centre