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Flyers  (  The grave; the home of worms and the abode of stillness ) 

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My brother! How hard these hearts are! They are not terrified by death! Nor afraid of grave! As if these hearts are created from stones!

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Giver of blessings, and the Creator of mankind after rottenness and nothingness, and prayers and peace of Allah be upon his Prophet, the master of nations, and upon all his family and companions, the people of honor and generosity.

My Muslim brother! In that place, at those dreary and gloomy homes, they are the homes where no one enters but that he becomes totally separated from the living. In addition, his family and brothers take the final leave of him, as they will not see him again.

There! A group of people was digging a grave in order to bury a dead one to be one of the inhabitants of these gloomy lands!
Suddenly, a man moved towards the grave. He was one of the best salves (of Allah). It was Malik ibn Dinar, may Allah have mercy on him. He stopped by the grave and said, "Tomorrow Mâlik will be in the same place? And he has nothing to pillow in his grave! (Referring to his good deeds)"

Mâlik kept saying, "Tomorrow Mâlik would be in the same place," until he fainted and fell in the middle of the grave. Then, he was carried to his home.

My brother! It is -the grave- the home of loneliness, the abode of gloominess, and the habitat of darkness. Its dweller is deprived of sleep, its inhabitants are in a state of inactivity and there close companions are the pus and worms. It is the land of the dead, the time of regret and the place of distress.

My brother! How horrible it is to mention the grave! What a hard preserved place for the living! Hearts are afraid of its terribleness! And calamities are an easy matter compared to it!

How many righteous humble hearts trembled upon mentioning the grave. In addition, the person of such heart would have his tears flowing upon seeing the grave or being close to it. The pure, the righteous, Thun-Nurayn (literally: possessor of two lights, because of his marriage with two of the Prophet\'s daughters,) Uthman ibn \'Affan, May Allah be pleased with him, would weep till soaking his beard when he stood by the grave. He was asked, \'\'Paradise and hell do not make you cry, but mentioning the grave put you into tears, why?\'\'. He answered, \'\'the Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, \'The grave is the first step to the Hereafter, if you survive the grave what follows is lesser, if you do not survive what follows is more difficult\'\'\'. He also said, "The Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, \'I have never seen anything but the grave is more horrible than it.\'" [reported by at-Tirmidhi and ibn Majah. Sahîh ibn Majah, 4343]

O my brother! How terrible is such flagrant matter! How terrible is our day under the ground!
My brother! No one can turn back to inform us of those calamities! And there is no one of the living who can know about these horrors and distresses!

My brother! It is solitude, darkness, horrors, and worms! Oh Allah! Where is the gateway of such hollow? Or where is the place of escape of this lahd (the burying place)?

The silent graves advised you;
And the passed ages reproached you.
They (the graves) spoke about perished faces;
And about deceased figures;
And made you see yourself in the graves;
while you were still alive.


My Muslim brother! When you mention the grave, you should remember its darkness! Oh Allah! People are living now in this world and in this vast land. However, when the lamp is turned off, darkness prevails everywhere and people feel gloomy! So what a pitiful state it is of the one who is buried under mud (of the grave)!

The Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, "Verily, these graves are full of darkness for their dwellers. Verily, the Mighty and Glorious Allah illuminates them for their occupants by reason of my prayer over them." [Reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim]

My brother! When you remember the grave, you should remember the squeezing of the grave! What a horrible day, my brother, when the grave is closed upon you! Do not ask, my brother, about the horribleness and dreadfulness of it!
Oh my brother! Do you think that we will be protected from the squeeze of the grave?
Oh my brother! Can you tell me about yourself! Have you ever remembered such terrible moments?
My brother! If you have not remembered those terrible moments yet, you should remember them. How difficult is the day when the grave is being narrowed to squeeze the body of such weak slave!

My brother! How terrified the hearts are once they know that the righteous did not escape the horror of the squeezing of the grave! Have you ever heard about Sa\'d ibn Muâdh, may Allah be pleased with him? He is the master of Al-Ansâr (the supporters) who has famous situations of supporting the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him. In addition, the Throne of Allah shook for his death (out of reverence) and seventy thousand angels witnessed his funeral! The Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said about him, "Even Sa\'d Ibn Mu\'âdh to whose death the Throne of Allah shook, and for whom the gates of the heavens were opened and whose funeral was witnessed by seventy thousand angels, was squeezed by the grave and then was released." [Reported by An-Nasâ\'i, Sahîh (the Authentic Book) An-Nasâ\'i: 2054]

Ibn Abu Malîka said, "No one is saved from the squeeze of the grave even Sa\'d ibn Mu\'âdh whose handkerchief i.e. in heaven – is better than this world and everything in it".

O brother! How terrible those abodes are! How wretched is such settlement to be buried in! Its horrors are unbearable and its hardships cannot be revealed except by Allah The One, The Creator.

My brother! When you are put in the grave, two angels will come to ask you (grave questions)! What difficult moments are those for the heedless! How bad those moments are for the skeptic deniers!
As for the true believers, what pleasing moments they are, and what profitable hours they are!
My brother! Meditate on those moments and ask Allah for satisfaction and success.
The Messenger of Allah, Prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, "… So his soul is returned to his body, two angles come and make him sit down, they ask, \'\'who is your Lord?\'\' He answers, \'\'My Lord is Allah\'\'. They ask, \'\'What is your religion?\'\' He answers, \'\'My religion is Islam\'\'. They say, \'\'Who is this man who is sent for you?\'\' He says, \'\'He is the Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him.\'\' They ask, \'\'What is your education?\'\' He answers, \'\'I have read the Holy Quran, had believed it, and had believed in it.\'\'

Then a voice from heaven is heard saying, \'\'My slave has spoken the truth, furnish him with heavenly furniture, dress him in heavenly garments, and open for him a port to paradise.\'\' He feels its smell and goodness, and his grave is widened to his range of vision.

He added, "A good looking man; well dressed and nice-smelled comes to him and says, \'\'bear the good news; this is the day you had been promised before.\'\' The dead man asks the good-looking man, \'\'who are you? Your face is the ambassador of goodwill\'\'. He answers, \'\'I am your good deeds". Upon which the man says, "O Allah! Bring forth the Hour (of Judgment) to return to my family and belongings." [Reported by Ahmed and others]

In a narration by at-Tirmidhi, "When the dead -or he said the one of you- is buried, two black-bluish angels will come to him. One of them is called Munkar and the other is called Nakîr. They will say to him, "What did you use to say about this man? The dead will say, "What he used to say. He says, \'He is the slave and Messenger of Allah.\' I testify that there is no God but Allah and I testify that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.\' They will say to him, \'We already knew that you will say that.\' Then his grave will be widened seventy cubits by seventy cubits and it will be illuminated for him. It will be said to him, \'Sleep.\' He will sleep like the groom who will not be awakened except by one\'s most beloved wives, until Allah resurrects him from that sleeping place of his." [As-Silsilah as-Sahîhah (the Authentic Series) 1071]

My brother! This is the case of the truthful believers, who filled their days with obeying Allah Almighty and asking for His satisfaction. Therefore, Allah will grant them the reward of the truthful. As for the disbelievers, the skeptic and the hypocrites, there is nothing worse than what they find in their graves! How appalling is their punishment because of their deeds, when they are sent back (to life) to be witnesses of such horrors!

He, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, tells us about the destiny of those wretched people. He, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, "… Then his soul is returned to his body, two angles come and make him sit down, they ask, \'\'Who is your God?\'\' He answers, \'\'Ah ah, I do not know.\'\' They will ask, \'\'What is your religion?\'\' He answers, \'\'Ah ah, I do not know.\'\'
Then a voice from heaven is heard saying, "He verily has lied. Furnish him with hell furniture, dress him in hell garments, and open for him a port to Hellfire.\'\' He feels its smell and heat, and his grave is narrowed so that his ribs mingle together. An ugly looking man; bad dressed and stinky-smelled comes to him and says, \'\'Bear the bad news; this is the day you had been promised before.\'\' The dead man asks the ugly looking man, \'\'Who are you? Your face is an ambassador of evil.\'\' He answers, \'\'I am your bad deeds." Upon which the man says, "O Allah, do not bring forth the Hour (of Judgment)." [Reported by Ahmed and others]

In another narration by al-Bukhari, "…Then he will be struck by an iron hammer between his ears. He will shout an agonizing cry which will be heard by the ones close to him except the humans and the Jinn."

My brother! This is the destination which everyone will face once dust is poured down on his face. How happy the truthful believers are when their graves become one of the gardens of Paradise! However, how sad the skeptic and the deniers are when their graves become one of the holes of Hellfire!

O brother! How happy the moment will be when the truthful believers see their seat in Paradise!

I believe that the truth is never concealed;
So are its ways.
O, look at yourself to know;
Which kind of deeds are you saving?
For the home of loneliness among,
The graves; where you will be dwelling.
A home that is very narrow,
Above you, its rocks are stashed.


You have to know, my brother, that every slave has two seats. One of them is in Hellfire while the other is in Paradise. If the slave is among the people of Paradise, he will see his place in Paradise. In addition, he will see his place in Hellfire that would have been his if he committed the sins of the people of Hellfire. Upon seeing this, his pleasure increases. The Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, "He will be told, \'Look at your place in Hellfire, Allah has replaced it with a place in Paradise\'." [Reported by Al-Bukhâri].
As for the denier or the hypocrite, his sadness and grief increase when he sees his seat in Paradise that would have been his place if he achieved the deeds of the people of Paradise.

My brother! How horrible those moments are! The moments when the slave is asked the questions of the grave!
I wish I know what have you prepared, my brother, for those moments. Have you prepared good deeds? Do you have a humble heart? Or do you have a tongue which remembers Allah often? What anguish is there for the one who is buried in his grave while being negligent and heedless.

My brother! Do not forget to seek refuge from the torment of the grave. May Allah relieve you of one of its distresses on the Day when there will be no one who can relieve you from the distresses except Allah, the Almighty.

Ibn \'Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him and his father, said that the Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) used to teach them this supplication (in the same spirit) with which he used to teach them the Surat of the Quran. He would thus instruct us, "Say, O Allah, we seek refuge with You from the torment of hell, and I seek refuge with You from the torment of the grave, and I seek refuge with You from the trial of Masih al-Dajjal, and I seek refuge with You from the trial of life and death." [Reported by Muslim]

My brother! It is the torment of the grave. How terrible its horrors are! Have you seen, my brother, how Allah Almighty has hid such horrors from the living? This is because they can never bear seeing nor hearing this torment. If they saw or heard it, no living one will ever bury a dead one. The Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, "If you were not to abandon the burying of the dead, I would have supplicated Allah to allow you to hear some of the torment of the grave." [Reported by Muslim]

My brother! Remember the day when you will be alone! Without a close friend or a companion!
O brother! Do you know who will be your companion during such a state of loneliness?
It will be your good deeds. They will be your best supply during this worldly life and the Hereafter. It will be the best friend if you miss a friend and the truehearted companion when your companions bury you in your grave.
The Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, "When carried to his grave, a dead person is followed by three, two of which return (after his burial) and one remains with him: his relative, his property, and his deeds follow him; his relatives and his property go back while his deeds remain with him." [reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim]

My brother! Do not be among those who became heedless of practicing righteous deeds or those who turned away from the acts of obedience. You will be in greater need of such acts, my brother, on the Day of keeping firm. It is the Day of the questions of the two angels when they meet separately with you in your grave! On that day, Allah will keep firm those who are truthful (with the firm word) and will inspire them the right answers as they have dealt with Him honestly and sincerely in this worldly life.
The Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, "When a Muslim is questioned in his grave, he will testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and that is what is meant by the Statement of Allah, {Allâh will keep firm those who believe, with the word that stands firm in this world (i.e. they will keep on worshipping Allâh Alone and none else), and in the Hereafter}" [Surat Ibrâhîm: 27] [Reported by Al-Bukhâri and Muslim]

Nasr ibn Mohamed As-Samarqandi said, "Keeping firm is found in four cases:
Firstly, at the moment of the death.
Secondly, in the grave so that one can answer the questions without any fear.
Thirdly, during the Reckoning (in the Hereafter).
Fourthly, on the Sirât (the bridge over Hellfire) so that he can pass it as quickly as lightening.

My Muslim brother! You are in a greater need of keeping firm when you are buried in your grave. It is the time when the two angels will surround you.

My brother! How merciful and kind-hearted towards his nation our Prophet is! \'Uthmân ibn \'Affân, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that whenever the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, finished burying the dead, he used to stay at him (i.e. his grave) and say, "Seek forgiveness for your brother, and beg steadfastness for him, for he will be questioned now." [Reported by Abû Dawûd: Sahih abu Dawûd 3221]

My brother! I seek refuge with Allah for you and me from the affliction of the grave. O brother! How great the loss is for those heedless when they are buried in the graves! When they leave the comfort and facilities! Woe to them! They forgot the home of darkness and worms. They forgot the Day of loneliness and sleeplessness.

Al-Barrâ\' ibn \'Azib, may Allah be pleased with, narrated, "While we were with the Messenger of Allah, he suddenly looked towards a group of people and said, \'For what reason have they gathered here?\' It was said, \'In order to dig a grave\'. So the Messenger of Allah became alarmed and startled and he quickly went ahead of his companions until he reached the grave, then he knelt upon it, and I turned my face towards him, in order to see what he was doing. He cried until the earth became wet with his tears, then he turned to us and said, \'O my brothers! Prepare yourself for such a day.\' [Reported by Ahmed, the Authentic Series: 1751]

My brother! Woe to a soul which does not practice righteous deeds till it tries the darkness of the graves! My brother! Remember such darkness; when the people who are near or far to you leave you with the dead!

I imagine myself when the earth is folded upon me (after burying);
And I became deprived of all what I own (in my hands)
I imagine the day when my people throw dust (on me);
As if I have not been alive among them
As if the people have thrown me and turned their backs;
And all of them have not paid any attention to me
So, I have become alone, separated from everything;
There (in the grave) I am retained for my deeds.


My brother! Remember the graves and consider yourself one of the dwellers of those homes, that you may become one of the people of rejoice.

* Sufyân Ath-Thawri, may Allah have mercy on him, said, "Whoever remembers the grave frequently will find it a garden from the gardens of Paradise. In contrary, whoever becomes heedless of mentioning it will find it a hole from the holes of Hellfire."

My brother! Have you ever wondered about those righteous people who used to remember death and graves as frequently as they breathe!

* Hishâm Ad-Distwâ\'i, may Allah have mercy on him, used to be overcome greatly whenever the lamb is turned off. His wife asked him, "What is this great matter that happens to you whenever the lamb is turned off?" He replied, "It reminds me of the darkness of the grave."

My brother! How hard these hearts are! They are not terrified by death! Nor afraid of grave! As if these hearts are created from stones!

My brother! May Allah have mercy on the people who used to remind their hearts with death and intimidate them with the grave whenever their hearts are hardened. The righteous devoutly obedient (to Allah); Ar-Rabî\' ibn Khaitham, may Allah have mercy on him, was the student of ibn Mas\'ûd, may Allah be pleased with him, and more similar to him. Ar-Rabî\' dug a grave in his house. Whenever he felt hard-heartedness, he used to enter that grave and sleep there. After spending some time in such state, he used to recite the verse in which Allah says, {Until, when death comes to one of them (those who join partners with Allâh), he says: "My Lord! Send me back, [99]. "So that I may do good in that which I have left behind!"} [Surat Al-Mu\'minûn: 99-100]
Then, he would say, "O Rabî\'! You are sent back (to life) now. So, do (good deeds) now before the time when you cannot be sent back."

* Yazîd Ar-Ruqâshi, may Allah have mercy on him, said, "O you who are buried in his grave! O you who are there alone! O you who are now accompanied by his deeds only! I wish I know with which of your deeds you have rejoiced. I wonder with which of your acts have you delighted? Then he used to weep till his turban gets wet. Then, he says, "By Allah, I am sure that he rejoiced at his righteous deeds and delighted because of his brothers who used to support him in the obedience of Allah."

My brother! Stopping by the homes of the dead reminds with death and seeing the graves reminds with graves. So, how fortunate is a soul that learned a lesson from the graves and worked for the Day of Resurrection. The Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, "Visit the graves for they remind you of the Hereafter." [Reported by ibn Mâjah, the Authentic Book of Ibn Mâjah: 1591]

Abû Ad-Dardâ\', may Allah be pleased with, used to sit by the graves. When he was asked about that matter, he said, "I sit with the people who remind me of my appointment (of death) and who never backbite me when I leave them."

Some of the ascetics were asked, "What is the most substantial lesson?" he replied, "It is looking at the place of the dead."

I came to the graves and asked;
Where is the dignified and the humiliated!
Where is oppressive who misused his authority!
Where is the strong who boasted of his power!
All of them died and now there is no informer;
All of them died and such information died with them
O you who ask me about people who has perished
Do you not have a lesson in all that have passed!

O my Muslim brother! What a hard day it is when you leave to be buried in your grave! It is the day when you will feel loneliness and severe distress! The pleasures are stopped! The family and relatives have left!
My brother! Hasten to the Merciful, the Compassionate, the Lord of all the slaves, and the Giver of the great bounty.

Abû Sulaimân Ad-Dâraniȋ, may Allah have mercy on him, said, "O You who do not find solitude in something You left behind! Nor miss something You have spent! O You Who are the Companion of every lonely one! Have Mercy on me at the grave! And make me feel easy towards the loneliness at my grave."

Allah says, {Allâh will keep firm those who believe, with the word that stands firm in this world (i.e. they will keep on worshipping Allâh Alone and none else), and in the Hereafter. And Allâh will cause to go astray those who are Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers), and Allâh does what He wills.} [Surat Ibrâhîm: 27]

Azhari Ahmad Mahmoud
Ibn Khuzaymah House




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