R.I.P. Steve Jobs?

When I logged on to my Facebook today, I was surprised to see that nearly more than half my page was filled with ‘R.I.P. Steve Jobs’. And all these comments were from Muslims?! It shocked and scared me! What has happened to our hearts and minds? Na’udhubillah have we become of those who Allah Ta’ala mentions in this ayah?

Allah has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearings, and on their eyes there is a covering.
(Chapter 2, Surah Al Baqarah, Ayah 7)

When we say R.I.P. do we really understand what we are saying? R.I.P. stands for rest in peace. Let me share with you the hadith where the Prophet described the death of an unbeliever and then THINK…can an unbeliever be in any state of peace? In the first part of the hadith the death of a believer is described and in the second half that of the disbeliever. To read the whole hadith click here.

Narrated al-Bara bin Aazib رضي الله عنه the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

As for the disbelieving man, when he leaves this world and enters the Hereafter, stern and harsh angels come down to him from heaven, their faces are black and they bring with them sack-cloth from Hell. They sit around him as far as the eye can see. Then the Angel of Death comes and sits at his head and says, ‘Come out O evil soul to the anger and wrath of Allah!’

The soul will be dragged out of his body with as much difficulty as a many-pronged skewer being dragged through wet wool (the veins and nerves will be destroyed by it.)

He will be cursed by every angel between the heaven and the earth, and by every angel in the heaven. The gates of heaven will be locked and the people of every heaven will pray to Allah to not allow his soul to ascend through their domain.

Then they ascend and they do not pass by any group of angels but they say, ‘Who is this evil soul?’
And they say, ‘It is So and so the son of So and so’, calling him by the worst names by which he was known in this world, until they reach the lowest heaven. They ask for it to be opened to them and it is not opened.

He صلى الله عليه وسلم  said: ‘Then Allah says, ‘Record the book of My slave in Sijjeen in the lowest earth, and return him to the earth, for from it I created them, to it I will return them and from it I will bring them forth once again.’ So his soul is cast down.

He صلى الله عليه وسلم  said:‘So his soul will be returned to his body (and he will hear the footsteps of his companions when they leave him). Two stern angels will come to him, rebuke him and sit him up.  ‘Who is your Lord?’

He says: ‘Oh, oh, I don’t know.’

They say: ‘What is your religion?’

He says: ‘Oh, oh, I don’t know.’

They will ask: ‘What do you say about this man who was sent among you?’

He will not even know his name.  But he will be told: ‘Muhammad ’. 

And he will say: ‘Oh, oh, I don’t know. I heard the people saying such and such.’ 

He will be told: ‘May you never know.’

Then a voice will call from heaven and will say, ‘He has lied. Furnish his grave from Hell and open for him a gate from Hell.’  

So some of his heat and hot winds will reach him and his grave will be constricted until his ribs are crushed together.

 There will appear before him a man with an ugly face, badly dressed, and foul smelling.  He will say, ‘I bring you bad news, this is the day you were promised. 

He will say, ‘And you, May Allah give you even worse news!  Who are you? Your face brings bad news!’ 

He will say, ‘I am your evil deeds, by Allah I only ever saw you reluctant to obey Allah and ever eager to disobey Him. May Allah repay you with evil.’

 Then there will be sent to him one who is blind, deaf, and dumb.  Who will carry in his hand an iron rod which if he were to beat a mountain with it, it would turn to dust.  He will beat him with it until he turns to dust.  Then Allah will restore him then he will be beaten again.  He will emit a scream which the whole of creation will hear except men and jinn.

A door of hell will be opened unto him within his grave and will spread out for him sheets of hell fire.

He will say, ‘My Lord, may the hour never come.’

(Musnad Ahmad/Hakim)

اَللّٰھُمَّ اِنِّیْ اَعُوْذُبِکَ مِنْ عَذَابِ الْقَبْرِ
‘O Allah, I seek refuge in You from the torment of the grave’

Astaghfirullah! Oh Allah let us be of the believers and those with whom You are pleased and not of the disbelievers Ameen!

Death in itself is a reminder, whether the death be of a Muslim or a Non-Muslim. It is a time to dwell on our own life, our deeds and our efforts. Whether our lives are being lived according to Islam or not!

قُلْ إِنَّ صَلَاتِي وَنُسُكِي وَمَحْيَايَ وَمَمَاتِي لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ
Say: “Verily, my Salat (prayer), my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allah, the Lord of the ‘Alamin (all that exists).

(Chapter6, Surah Al An’aam, Verse 162)

Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه reported that the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “Remember frequently the thing that cuts off pleasures,” i.e. death.”


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