Save our souls, O Allah, from the punishment of the grave.
In our last post we talked about the grave, which included some of the very disturbing things that can happen to a person in the grave were they an evil soul. This post will inshaAllah discuss some things that can save from that horrible punishment. The majority of this is from my ‘Umar al Ashqar book. Love the series.
The Good Deeds
The best cure is prevention 🙂 If someone regularly commits righteous deeds, then inshaAllah they will be prepared for death, even if it comes suddenly.
In a hadith in Abu Haatim, the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said
The deceased can hear their footsteps as they depart from him. If he was a believer, prayer stands by his head, fasting stands to his right, zakaah stands to his left and good deeds such as honesty, upholding ties of kinship and treating people kindly stands at his feet. He is approached from the direction of his head, and prayer says, “You cannot get past me.” Then he is approached from the right, and fasting says, “You cannot get past me.” Then he is approached from the left, and zakaah says, “You cannot get past me.” Then he is approached from the direction of his feet, and his good deeds such as honesty, upholding ties of kinship and treating people kindly says, “You cannot get past me.”
Then it is said to him, “Sit up,” and he sits up. Then the sun is made to appear to him as if it is about to set, and it is said to him, “Who is this man man who was among you? What do you say about him?” He says, “Let me pray.” They say, “You will do that, but tell us about what we asked you about.” He says, “What did you ask me about?” They say, “What do you say about this man who was among you? What is your testimony concerning him?” He says, “I bear witness that he is the Messenger of Allah, and that he brought the truth from Allah.” It is said to him, “In this belief you lived and in this belief you died, and in this belief you will be resurrected inshaAllah.” Then one of the gates of Paradise is opened for him, and it is said to him, “That is your place therein, and what Allah has prepared for you therein,” and his joy and happiness increase. Then one of the gates of Hell is opened for him, and it is said, “That was your place therein and what Allah has prepared for you therein (if you had disobeyed Allah),” and his joy and happiness increase. Then his grave is expanded for him by seventy cubits, and it is illuminated for him, and his body is put back as it was, and his soul is placed in nam at-teeb, which is a bird that perches in a tree in Paradise.”
Two things that I personally noticed —
Out of all of the deeds that could be mentioned, as the good deeds guarding a person at their feet, look at the three mentioned. Honesty, treating people kindly and keeping the ties of kindship. Two out of three of those have to do with our treatment of others – our akhlaaq. It goes to show how important our treatment of others is. Because for our injustices towards others, they have to forgive us for it. For ibaadaat, we can always count on the mercy of Allah, but can we always count on the mercy of others? And the three together all have to do with good character.
We know what a difficult trial the trial of the grave will be. But look at one of the first things the believer will say to the angels – “Let me pray.” That’s pretty profound. I don’t find myself running to prayer for comfort and patience. May Allah make us amongst the ones who attain success.
Seeking Refuge in Allah from it
Another very obvious way to get protection from the grave is to ask Allah for it 🙂 The Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam used to make many du’aa` in which he asked for protection from the grave and he also encouraged his companions to do so. We already mentioned one in our previous post, inshaAllah we’ll mention another here. This one is amongst the dhikr that we’re supposed to recite in the morning and evening.
The approximate translation of which is:
“O Allaah, I take refuge with You from disbelief and poverty, and I take refuge with You from the punishment of the grave. None has the right to be worshipped except You.” (recite three times)
Who are the Ones Saved from the Punishment of the Grave?
There are some people who are saved from the punishment of the grave. May Allah make us amongst them.
In a hadith in Tirmidhi and and Ibn Maajah, the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “The shaheed will have six blessings from Allah: he will be forgiven from the first drop of blood shed; he will be shown his place in Paradise; he will be spared the torment of the grave; he will be protected from the greater terror (on the Day of Judgment); a crown of dignity will be placed on his head, one ruby of which is better than this wordl and all that is in it; he will be married to seventy two of al-hoor al ‘ayn; and he will be permitted to interced for seventy of his relatives.”
One of the sahabah said, “O RasulAllah, how come the believers go through the trials of the grave, but the shaheed doesn’t?” The Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “The flashing of the swords over his head is a sufficient trial for him.” During battle, one would see death at every moment and that is enough fitna for him. Allah will give him pleasure and tranquility to him.
These are the soldiers who are positioned in a station away from home, guarding the Muslims, waiting for instructions to fight. The world muraabit come from rabat – which is to tie something. Al muraabit is someone who is tied to that post – they cannot leave. That guard/soldier has to guard day and night. It is a very difficult job. Because of that, Allah gives him a special reward.
The Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “For every person who dies, his deeds come to an end, except for the one who dies as a muraabit (guard) for the sake of Allah. Allah will make his good deeds grow on the Day of Resurrection, and will protect him from the trial of the grave.” (at-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawood)
Those Who Die on Friday
In a hasan hadith, “There is no Muslim who dies on Friday, but Allah will save him from the trial of the grave.” (Tirmidhi and Ahmad)
The One Who Dies of Stomach Disease
In a hadith narrated by an-Nasaa`i and Tirmidhi, the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said that whoever dies of stomach disease will not be tormented in the grave.