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15 July 2019 CE | 13 Dhul-Qadah 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

What did You Say of Muhammad

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “When a servant is laid in his grave and his friends have turned from him and he hears the footfalls of their sandals, two angels come to him, sit him upright, and ask him, ‘What were you wont to say of this man Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam)?’ The believer will answer, ‘I testify that he is the slave of Allah and His Messenger,’ and it will be said, ‘Look at your place in the Fire, Allah has changed it for a place in the Garden (Jannah),’ and the man will behold both of them.” [Sahih Bukhari]

Once a person’s grave is closed over him, immediately two angels Munkar and Nakeer come to question the man about his beliefs; 1) who he worshipped, 2) who he took as the Messenger of Allah and 3) what his religion was.

The person who lived his life in subservience to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), hopeful of Allah’s Mercy but fearing Allah’s punishment, will be able to answer the angels correctly and testify that he took only Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) as his Creator, Sustainer and Law Giver.

He who took Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) as his guide for life, who looked towards his example when conducting business, in matters of marriage, in waking and sleeping, eating and drinking, in affairs of state and estate, in short for every issue of life, only he will be able to correctly answer the angels and say that he took Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) to be Allah’s chosen Messenger.

He who looked towards the Kuffar in conducting the affairs of his life; how to entertain himself, what to strive to achieve, what to celebrate, what to wear, what to allow and what to disallow, will not be able to lie to the angels. Thus, while a Kafir will answer, “Alas, I don’t know”, a Munafiq (hypocrite) will say, “I used to say what the people would say.” The Munafiq lacked conviction in the beliefs of the Muslims and did not take Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) as his teacher and role model for life, so he will not be able to say, “I testify that Muhammad is the slave and Messenger of Allah.”

He who lived his life on Islam, bound by its restrictions, not trespassing the boundaries set by Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), will be able to correctly answer that Islam was his religion. The angels Munkar and Nakeer are very scary to look at, but the Momin will not be scared by them. He will calmly answer them. Jannat – gardens of eternal bliss are the reward for him who answers these three questions correctly.

Such a person will be shown the place that he escaped in Jahannum and what his home in Jannah looks like. Seeing the reward and blessings that await his arrival will make the Momin very happy. He is indeed a fortunate man.

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