21 February 2020   26. Jumad-us-Thaani 1441
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Far, Far Beyond Us

The qabar/ grave is indeed a lonely place. In man’s journey to the everlasting hereafter, the qabr is his/her first stopover/station. Sadly, his so-called “permanent temporary” abode is abruptly vacated. His home, family, belongings and all others whom he had loved and lived with, are going to leave him/her all alone. ‘Yes’, they are soon going to desert him/her! 

The dark, dim, cage-like and completely isolated qabar would be his/her new “home”. All things that were comfortable and luxurious have suddenly faded into the distant past. The mayyit (corpse) that was so blessed with boisterous chit-chat, humour and laughter, now finds himself/ herself in a deserted, desolate and marooned world.

How can we mortal beings ever understand this sudden and abrupt transition?

Indeed, it is Far, Far Beyond Us …!

Surely, this is the mayyit’s first- and last- experience. This unique “taste of the painful drink of death” shall never ever be repeated. The bitter flavour, feel and fang of the macabre and morbid “dance of death” shall soon consume everyone. Ah, this “dance” shall be unique, never heard of, seen or known of ever before. None shall ever know what to exactly expect, nor fathom out the painful and the taunting trauma that it can unleash. Let us be absolutely candid and blunt … this freakish experience can be deadly frightening.

According to Hadhrat ibn Masood (رضي الله عنه) Allah SWT will be most merciful at the time when a mayyit is lowered into the qabar. Surely this experience will be, in effect, an initiation into the unknown 06 ft. or 1.8-1.9 m deep darkness. The surroundings could be completely strange, scary, terrifying and cramped or it could well be a spacious “palace with lush, colourful and sweet-smelling gardens”. Ahadeeth bear testimony to the fact that the upright, pious and the friends of our loving, kind and merciful Allah SWT will be warmly welcomed. Ah, and of course the welcome too, shall be concomitant to the way in which they lived their earthly lives in this permanent-temporary world.

Abu Nu’aam reports that he placed Hadhrat Thabit Al Banani (رضي الله عنه) into his qabar and then placed the bricks over the mayyit, one above the other. Unexpectedly one of the bricks caved in. As a result of this, a little of the inside of the qabar got exposed. I saw Hadhrat Thabit Al Banani (رضي الله عنه) in the posture of salah. Upon enquiring, I established that he always beseeched Allah ﷻ to grant him the opportunity to perform salah in his qabar.

In another incident reported in Tirmidhi by Hadhrat ibn Abbas (رضي الله عنه) a group of Sahaba رضي الله عنهم were sitting at the side of a qabar when they heard the inmate of the qabar reciting Surah Mulk, from the beginning to the end.

Hearing this, they went to Nabi ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ and explained what had happened. Nabi ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ responded that one of the benefits of Surah Mulk is that it protects one from punishment in the qabar.

For us, mere mortals, this too, Far, Far Beyond Us … !

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