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24 May 2019 CE | 20 Ramadhan 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

The Assassination of Nafs Zakiyya

Imam Mujahid narrated that one of the Sahabah of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) told him: “Mahdi will not come until the time that Nafs Zakiyya (the pious one) has been killed. When Nafs Zakiyya is assassinated, the inhabitants of the heavens and the earth will be furious at his murderers. After this, people will come to Imam Mahdi and cajole him as a newly wed bride is cajoled and led into the bridal chamber. He will fill the earth with justice, the earth will put forth its produce and the sky will rain much and in his period of Khilafat the Ummah will be more prosperous than it has ever been before.” [Ibn Abi Shaibah]

The assassination of Nafs Zakiyya is the prelude to the emergence of Hazrat Mahdi. Hazrat Mahdi will be coaxed and persuaded to lead the Muslims against his personal inclinations. His period of Khilafat will be a great blessing for the people on earth.

Nafs Zakiyyah refers to a person very dear to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). Because Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) loves him so much, when he is killed, the angels (who fill the heavens and the earth) and all of Allah’s creatures will be extremely upset.

This hadith tells the people of faith who live in the time of the assassination of Nafs Zakiyya, not to falter due to his martyrdom. No matter how dear to you the person martyred, do not falter in your mission. To achieve fantastic goals, the sacrifices one needs to make are also significant. We will inshaAllah reunite in Jannah, meet Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), and never be parted again.

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