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First night of the grave

Sayyiduna Yazeed Raqaashi says that we presented ourselves before Amir bin Abdullah .  He were crying abundantly and we asked the reason for this.  He replied, 'That night is scaring me whose morning is the Day of Judgement', meaning that the thoughts of the first night in the grave is terrifying me. (almajaalasa, V1, P199, Dar-ul-Kutubul Ilmiya Beirut)

My Dear Islamic Brothers!  Whilst keeping the thought of the Day of Judgement in front of them, our pious ancestors are telling us to get ready before the arrival of death.

Why thinking about death is important!

Hujja-tul-Islam Sayyiduna Imam Muhammad Ghazali writes in Ihya-ul-Uloom, 'That person who believes that death will indeed come, knows that the soil will be his bed, the grave will be his destination, the insects will be his companions, the Day of Judgement will be his witness and Heaven or Hell will be his final destination should only worry about death and should always talk about it, should prepare for it and should count himself as one of the dead and should think that he is dead because there is a saying that, 'Whatever is to come is close'. (Ihya-ul-Uloom, V4, P475, Dar-ul-Kutubul Ilmiya Beirut)

The Holy Prophet has said, 'Intelligent is he who takes an account of his deeds and prepares himself for death.' (Tirmizi, Hadith 2467, V4, P207, Dar-ul-Fikr Beirut)

Our pious ancestors remembered death in abundance and sometimes, due to worry and fear of death and the Day of Judgement, would become unconscious.

 

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