The Condition of People at the Time of Their Death

These are the three types of conditions that people face upon their death. Either they are among the near believers or those below their rank on the right, or those who denied the truth, were led astray from the guidance and were ignorant about Allah. Allah said,

ููŽุฃูŽู…ู‘ูŽุข ุฅูู† ูƒูŽุงู†ูŽ

(Then if he), in reference to the dying person,

ู…ูู†ูŽ ุงู„ู’ู…ูู‚ูŽุฑู‘ูŽุจููŠู†ูŽ

(be of the Muqarrabun) who fulfilled the obligations and the recommended acts of worship and avoided the forbidden and disliked matters and even some of the allowed,

ููŽุฑูŽูˆู’ุญูŒ ูˆูŽุฑูŽูŠู’ุญูŽุงู†ูŒ ูˆูŽุฌูŽู†ู‘ูŽู€ุชู ู†ูŽุนููŠู…ู

(then for him Rawh, Rayhan and a Garden of Delights.) Theirs will be Rawh and Rayhan; and the glad tidings of these traits will be conveyed to them by the angels at the time of death. We mentioned before the Prophet’s Hadith narrated from Al-Bara’ in which the angels of mercy say (to a dying, believing person),

ยซุฃูŽูŠู‘ูŽุชูู‡ูŽุง ุงู„ุฑู‘ููˆุญู ุงู„ุทู‘ูŽูŠู‘ูุจูŽุฉู ูููŠ ุงู„ู’ุฌูŽุณูŽุฏู ุงู„ุทู‘ูŽูŠู‘ูุจู ูƒูู†ู’ุชู ุชูŽุนู’ู…ูุฑููŠู†ูŽู‡ุŒ ุงุฎู’ุฑูุฌููŠ ุฅูู„ูŽู‰ ุฑูŽูˆู’ุญู ูˆูŽุฑูŽูŠู’ุญูŽุงู†ู ูˆูŽุฑูŽุจูŽ ุบูŽูŠู’ุฑู ุบูŽุถู’ุจูŽุงู†ยป

(O good soul in the good body that you inhabited, come to Rawh, Rayhan and a Lord Who is not angry.) `Ali bin Abi Talhah reported from Ibn `Abbas, “Rawh means rest, and Rayhan means place of rest.” Mujahid said similarly that Rawh means rest. Abu Hazrah said that Rawh means: “Rest from the world.” Sa`id bin Jubayr and As-Suddi said that it means to rejoice. And from Mujahid:

ููŽุฑูŽูˆู’ุญูŒ ูˆูŽุฑูŽูŠู’ุญูŽุงู†ูŒ

(Rawh and Rayhan) means: “Paradise and delights.” Qatadah said that Rawh means mercy. Ibn `Abbas, Mujahid and Sa`id bin Jubayr said that Rayhan means provisions. All of these explanations are correct and similar in meaning. The near believers who die will earn all of these; mercy, rest, provision, joy, happiness and good delights,

ูˆูŽุฌูŽู†ู‘ูŽู€ุชู ู†ูŽุนููŠู…ู

(and a Garden of Delights.) Abu Al-`Aliyah said, “None of the near believers will depart (this life) until after he is brought a branch of the Rayhan of Paradise and his soul is captured in it.” Muhammad bin Ka`b said, “Every person who dies will know upon his death if he is among the people of Paradise or the people of the Fire.” In the Sahih, it is recorded that the Messenger of Allah said,

ยซุฅูู†ู‘ูŽ ุฃูŽุฑู’ูˆูŽุงุญูŽ ุงู„ุดู‘ูู‡ูŽุฏูŽุงุกู ูููŠ ุญูŽูˆูŽุงุตูู„ู ุทููŠููˆุฑู ุฎูุถู’ุฑูุŒ ุชูŽุณู’ุฑูŽุญู ูููŠ ุฑููŠูŽุงุถู ุงู„ู’ุฌูŽู†ู‘ูŽุฉู ุญูŽูŠู’ุซู ุดูŽุงุกูŽุชู’ุŒ ุซูู…ู‘ูŽ ุชูŽุฃู’ูˆููŠ ุฅูู„ูŽู‰ ู‚ูŽู†ูŽุงุฏููŠู„ูŽ ู…ูุนูŽู„ู‘ูŽู‚ูŽุฉู ุจูุงู„ู’ุนูŽุฑู’ุดยป

(The souls of the martyrs live in the bodies of green birds flying wherever they wish in the Gardens of Paradise, and then rest to their nests in chandeliers hung from the Throne of the Almighty….) Imam Ahmad recorded that `Ata’ bin As-Sa’ib said, “The first day I saw `Abdur-Rahman bin Abi Layla, I saw an old man whose hair had become white on his head and beard. He was riding his donkey and following a funeral. I heard him say, `So-and-so narrated to me that he heard the Messenger of Allah say,

ยซู…ูŽู†ู’ ุฃูŽุญูŽุจู‘ูŽ ู„ูู‚ูŽุงุกูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‡ู ุฃูŽุญูŽุจู‘ูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‡ู ู„ูู‚ูŽุงุกูŽู‡ูุŒ ูˆูŽู…ูŽู†ู’ ูƒูŽุฑูู‡ูŽ ู„ูู‚ูŽุงุกูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‡ู ูƒูŽุฑูู‡ูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‡ู ู„ูู‚ูŽุงุกูŽู‡ยป

(He who likes to meet Allah, Allah likes to meet him, and he who hates to meet Allah, Allah hates to meet him.) The people around him started weeping, and he asked them why they wept. They said, `All of us hate death.’ He said,

ยซู„ูŽูŠู’ุณูŽ ุฐูŽุงูƒูŽุŒ ูˆูŽู„ูƒูู†ู‘ูŽู‡ู ุฅูุฐูŽุง ุงุญู’ุชูุถูุฑูŽ
ููŽุฃูŽู…ู‘ูŽุข ุฅูู† ูƒูŽุงู†ูŽ ู…ูู†ูŽ ุงู„ู’ู…ูู‚ูŽุฑู‘ูŽุจููŠู†ูŽ – ููŽุฑูŽูˆู’ุญูŒ ูˆูŽุฑูŽูŠู’ุญูŽุงู†ูŒ ูˆูŽุฌูŽู†ู‘ูŽู€ุชู ู†ูŽุนููŠู…ู

ููŽุฅูุฐูŽุง ุจูุดู‘ูุฑูŽ ุจูุฐู„ููƒูŽ ุฃูŽุญูŽุจู‘ูŽ ู„ูู‚ูŽุงุกูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‡ู ุนูŽุฒู‘ูŽ ูˆูŽุฌูŽู„ู‘ูŽุŒ ูˆูŽุงู„ู„ู‡ู ุนูŽุฒู‘ูŽ ูˆูŽุฌูŽู„ู‘ูŽ ู„ูู„ูู‚ูŽุงุฆูู‡ู ุฃูŽุญูŽุจู‘ู

ูˆูŽุฃูŽู…ู‘ูŽุข ุฅูู† ูƒูŽุงู†ูŽ ู…ูู†ูŽ ุงู„ู’ู…ููƒูŽุฐู‘ูุจููŠู†ูŽ ุงู„ุถู‘ูŽุขู„ู‘ููŠู†ูŽ – ููŽู†ูุฒูู„ูŒ ู…ู‘ูู†ู’ ุญูŽู…ููŠู…ู – ูˆูŽุชูŽุตู’ู„ููŠูŽุฉู ุฌูŽุญููŠู…ู
ููŽุฅุฐูŽุง ุจูุดู‘ูุฑูŽ ุจูุฐู„ููƒูŽ ูƒูŽุฑูู‡ูŽ ู„ูู‚ูŽุงุกูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‡ูุŒูˆูŽุงู„ู„ู‡ู ุชูŽุนูŽุงู„ูŽู‰ ู„ูู„ูู‚ูŽุงุฆูู‡ู ุฃูŽูƒู’ุฑูŽู‡ยป

(It does not mean that. When one dies: (Then, if he be of the near believers, then for him are Rawh, Rayhan, and a Garden of Delights.)( and when this good news is conveyed to him, he likes to meet Allah the Exalted and Most Honored and Allah the Exalted and Most Honored likes, even more, to meet him, (But if he be of the denying, the erring, then for him is an entertainment with Hamim. And entry in Hellfire.)( and when this news is conveyed to him, he hates to meet Allah and Allah hates, even more, to meet him.)” This is the narration that Imam Ahmad collected; and in the Sahih, there is a Hadith with this meaning collected from `A’ishah. Allah’s statement,

ูˆูŽุฃูŽู…ู‘ูŽุข ุฅูู† ูƒูŽุงู†ูŽ ู…ูู†ู’ ุฃูŽุตู’ุญูŽู€ุจู ุงู„ู’ูŠูŽู…ููŠู†ู

(And if he be of those on the right,) means, if he, the dying person, is among those on the right,

ููŽุณูŽู„ูŽู€ู…ูŒ ู„ู‘ูŽูƒูŽ ู…ูู†ู’ ุฃูŽุตู’ุญูŽู€ุจู ุงู„ู’ูŠูŽู…ููŠู†ู

(Then Salam (peace) to you from those on the right) meaning, the angels will deliver the good news to them by saying, “Peace be upon you,” i.e., be calm, you will be led to safety, you are among those on the right, as `Ikrimah said, “The angels will greet him with the Salam and convey to him the news that he is among those on the right. ” This is a good explanation, and it conforms with Allah’s statement,

ุฅูู†ู‘ูŽ ุงู„ู‘ูŽุฐููŠู†ูŽ ู‚ูŽุงู„ููˆุงู’ ุฑูŽุจู‘ูู†ูŽุง ุงู„ู„ู‘ูŽู‡ู ุซูู…ู‘ูŽ ุงุณู’ุชูŽู‚ูŽู€ู…ููˆุงู’ ุชูŽุชูŽู†ูŽุฒู‘ูŽู„ู ุนูŽู„ูŽูŠู’ู‡ูู…ู ุงู„ู’ู…ูŽู„ูŽู€ุฆููƒูŽุฉู ุฃูŽู„ุงู‘ูŽ ุชูŽุฎูŽุงูููˆุงู’ ูˆูŽู„ุงูŽ ุชูŽุญู’ุฒูŽู†ููˆุงู’ ูˆูŽุฃูŽุจู’ุดูุฑููˆุงู’ ุจูุงู„ู’ุฌูŽู†ู‘ูŽุฉู ุงู„ู‘ูŽุชูู‰ ูƒูู†ุชูู…ู’ ุชููˆุนูŽุฏููˆู†ูŽ – ู†ูŽุญู’ู†ู ุฃูŽูˆู’ู„ููŠูŽุขุคููƒูู…ู’ ููู‰ ุงู„ู’ุญูŽูŠูŽูˆุฉู ุงู„ุฏู‘ูู†ู’ูŠูŽุง ูˆูŽููู‰ ุงู„ุงู‘ูŒุฎูุฑูŽุฉู ูˆูŽู„ูŽูƒูู…ู’ ูููŠู‡ูŽุง ู…ูŽุง ุชูŽุดู’ุชูŽู‡ูู‰ ุฃูŽู†ููุณููƒูู…ู’ ูˆูŽู„ูŽูƒูู…ู’ ูููŠู‡ูŽุง ู…ูŽุง ุชูŽุฏู‘ูŽุนููˆู†ูŽ – ู†ูุฒูู„ุงู‹ ู…ู‘ูู†ู’ ุบูŽูููˆุฑู ุฑู‘ูŽุญููŠู…ู

(Verily, those who say: “Our Lord is Allah.” and then they stand firm, on them the angles will descend (at the time of their death) (saying): “Fear not, nor grieve! But receive the glad tidings of Paradise which you have been promised! We have been your friends in the life of this world and are (so) in the Hereafter. Therein you shall have (all) that your souls desire, and therein you shall have (all) for which you ask. An entertainment from the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”) (41:30-32). Allah’s statement,

ูˆูŽุฃูŽู…ู‘ูŽุข ุฅูู† ูƒูŽุงู†ูŽ ู…ูู†ูŽ ุงู„ู’ู…ููƒูŽุฐู‘ูุจููŠู†ูŽ ุงู„ุถู‘ูŽุขู„ู‘ููŠู†ูŽ – ููŽู†ูุฒูู„ูŒ ู…ู‘ูู†ู’ ุญูŽู…ููŠู…ู – ูˆูŽุชูŽุตู’ู„ููŠูŽุฉู ุฌูŽุญููŠู…ู

(But if he be of the denying, the erring, then for him is an entertainment with Hamim (boiling water) and entry in Hellfire.) meaning, if the dying person is one of those who denied the truth, who were led astray from guidance,


(then for him is an entertainment,) meaning, as a guest

ู…ูู†ู’ ุญูŽู…ููŠู…ู

(with Hamim) that dissolves his intestines and skin,

ูˆูŽุชูŽุตู’ู„ููŠูŽุฉู ุฌูŽุญููŠู…ู

(And entry in Hellfire.) he will reside in Hellfire, which will engulf him from every direction. Allah the Exalted said, next,

ุฅูู†ู‘ูŽ ู‡ูŽู€ุฐูŽุง ู„ูŽู‡ููˆูŽ ุญูŽู‚ู‘ู ุงู„ู’ูŠูŽู‚ููŠู†ู

(Verily, this! This is an absolute truth with certainty.) meaning, this news is the truth; there is no doubt about it, nor escape from it for anyone,

ููŽุณูŽุจู‘ูุญู’ ุจูุงุณู’ู…ู ุฑูŽุจู‘ููƒูŽ ุงู„ู’ุนูŽุธููŠู…ู

(So, glorify with praises the Name of your Lord, the Most Great.) Jabir narrated that the Messenger of Allah said,

ยซู…ูŽู†ู’ ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ: ุณูุจู’ุญูŽุงู†ูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‡ู ุงู„ู’ุนูŽุธููŠู…ู ูˆูŽุจูุญูŽู…ู’ุฏูู‡ูุŒ ุบูุฑูุณูŽุชู’ ู„ูŽู‡ู ู†ูŽุฎู’ู„ูŽุฉูŒ ูููŠ ุงู„ู’ุฌูŽู†ู‘ูŽุฉยป

(He who says, “Glory be to Allah the Magnificent and with His praise!” then a date tree will be planted for him in Paradise.) This Hadith was collected by At-Tirmidhi and An-Nasa’i; At-Tirmidhi said, “Hasan Gharib.” Al-Bukhari recorded in his book (Sahih) that Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allah said,

ยซูƒูŽู„ูู…ูŽุชูŽุงู†ู ุฎูŽูููŠููŽุชูŽุงู†ู ุนูŽู„ูŽู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‘ูุณูŽุงู†ูุŒ ุซูŽู‚ููŠู„ูŽุชูŽุงู†ู ูููŠ ุงู„ู’ู…ููŠุฒูŽุงู†ูุŒ ุญูŽุจููŠุจูŽุชูŽุงู†ู ุฅูู„ูŽู‰ ุงู„ุฑู‘ูŽุญู’ู…ู†ู: ุณูุจู’ุญูŽุงู†ูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‡ู ูˆูŽุจูุญูŽู…ู’ุฏูู‡ูุŒ ุณูุจู’ุญูŽุงู†ูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‡ู ุงู„ู’ุนูŽุธููŠู…ยป

((There are) two statements that are light on the tongue, but heavy on the Balance, and most beloved to Ar-Rahman: “Glory be to Allah and with His praise, glory be to Allah the Magnificent.”) The Group, with the exception of Abu Dawud, collected this. This is the end of the Tafsir of Surat Al-Waqi`ah, all praise and thanks are due to Allah and all the favors come from Him.

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