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18 June 2019 CE | 15 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

What’s Awaiting

It is related on the authority of Anas (radi Allahu anhu) that Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “If you knew what I know you would laugh little and weep much.” [Sahih Bukhari]

If you had gone out somewhere but received news that a fire might have destroyed your home, would you be able to enjoy yourself until you returned home and checked that your house and family were intact? Would it be possible for you to think, “Well there’s a 50% chance everything will be alright, so I’ll worry about what I’ll find when I get home. What’s the use of worrying about it now?” No! The worry about what you might find on your return would not allow you to laugh, giggle and joke with this uncertainty looming over you.

Then when one is unaware, whether the grave awaiting them is a pit of fire or garden of Paradise, how can they be so indulgent in the pleasures of this world?

Once when Maimun bin Mihran and Umar bin Abdul Aziz (considered the fifth rightly guided khalifa) were visiting the graveyard together, the latter began to cry, and turning towards the former, he said, “O Abu Ayyub (i.e. Maimun), these are the graves of my fathers from Banu Umayyah. When I see their graves now, it seems as if they never participated with the dwellers of the world in their pleasures and (enjoyment-filled) lives. Do you not see how they are inextricably beset by trials? The insects are feeding off of their bodies..,” Umar then began to weep until he fainted. When he regained consciousness, he said, “Let us go, for by Allah, I do not know of anyone who is more blessed than he who comes to these graves, yet is saved from the punishment of Allah!”

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