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Q: How should we condole a family who has lost family members in a car crash?

A: Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said: “To Allah belongs what He has given, and to Him belongs what He has taken. Everything has an appointed time by Him. Therefore adopt patience and have hope for reward.”

Every event that occurs, major or minor, happens with the infinite wisdom of Allah Ta’ala, and with His permission and perfect knowledge. Every soul’s death and life is in the complete control of Allah Ta'ala, the Master of the Universe. Believers are required to firmly embed this belief within our hearts and souls.

Death by an unnatural cause, like a car crash, drowning or other external causes come as a shock to family, friends and community. The true reality of life is brought to the fore and people are left deeply saddened and in shock. As Muslims, from every event of life we should draw lesson, guidance and understanding of reality. The death of another person is a reminder of our own death. The person who has departed, has reached the realm of real life. It is mentioned in the Ahadith, that there are different categories of martyrdom. In one particular Hadith it is mention,

“The martyrs are five: the one who dies as a result of plague; the one who dies of stomach illness (al-mabtoon); the one who drowns; the one who is crushed by a falling wall; and the martyr who dies for the sake of Allah.” (Bukhari & Muslim)

It can be established from this Hadith that a person who died due to the impact of a car crash or resulting injury shall, with the permission of Allah, enjoy the status of a martyr. This is a rank that every believer desires. A martyr's soul flies happily in the gardens of paradise in the shape of a green bird. The residence of this soul is under the Throne of Almighty Allah. Can there be a better place? Can there be any better pleasure or enjoyment?

Death is inevitable. It occurs only with the decree and order of Almighty Allah. However, for a believer beyond the human grief and sadness of loss and separation, there is hope and glad tiding. Life has not ended. In essence it has only begun. This reality is at times difficult for us to absorb as we are obscured by the world and its business. Yet the one who passes through this fleeting state finds a new life awaiting him.

In Islam we are called upon to give our support, duas and assistance to the family of the deceased and to reflect over the departure as our own, as this will be our reality one day. The person who enters the hereafter, upon seeing the narrowness of this world, desires for his family left behind to join him in the vastness of the hereafter.

May Allah have mercy on the souls of the deceased and grant them Jannah.

Darul Ihsan Fatwa Dept.

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