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Seeking ruqyah from another person is not haraam, but it is contrary to what is best and most perfect.
The reason why those who ask for ruqyah are not included in the seventy thousand will enter Paradise without being brought to account
Praise be to Allaah.
Al-Bukhaari (6472) and Muslim (220) narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Seventy thousand of my ummah will enter Paradise without being brought to account; they are the ones who did not ask for ruqyah or believe in omens or use cautery and they put their trust in their Lord.”
These people will enter Paradise without being brought to account because of the perfection of their Tawheed, their complete trust in Allah and their independence from people.
The one who asks for ruqyah from others is not included in that seventy thousand who will enter Paradise without being brought to account, due to the shortfall in their trust in Allah, because asking for ruqyah involves a kind of humiliation and need of the raaqi (the one who performs ruqyah), and part of complete trust and Tawheed is that the Muslim should not ask people for anything.
Muslim narrated (1043) that ‘Awf ibn Maalik al-Ashja‘i (may Allah be pleased with him) said: We were with the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), nine or eight or seven (people) and he said: “Will you not swear allegiance to the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him)?” We had only recently sworn our allegiance, so we said: We have sworn our allegiance to you, O Messenger of Allaah. He said: “Will you not swear allegiance to the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)?’
We said: We have already sworn our allegiance to you, O Messenger of Allaah. Then he said: “Will you not swear allegiance to the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)?” We held out our hands and said: We swear our allegiance to you, O Messenger of Allaah.
Tell us on what basis we should swear allegiance to you? He said: “On the basis that you will worship Allaah and not associate anything with Him, and (you will perform) the five daily prayers, and you will obey Allaah – and he whispered – and you will not ask the people for anything.” I saw that some of those people, if they dropped a whip, they would not ask anyone to hand it to them.
Ibn Al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
That is because these people will enter Paradise without being called to account because of the perfection of their Tawheed, therefore he described them as people who did not ask others to perform ruqyah for them. Hence he said “and they put their trust in their Lord.”
Because of their complete trust in their Lord, their contentment with Him, their faith in Him, their being pleased with Him and their seeking their needs from Him, they do not ask people for anything, be it ruqyah or anything else, and they are not influenced by omens and superstitions that could prevent them from doing what they want to do, because superstition detracts from and weakens Tawheed. End quote.
Zaad al-Ma‘aad, 1/475
The scholars of the Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas said:
What is meant is that they do not ask others to perform ruqyah for them or cauterize them; rather they put their trust in Allah and rely on Him to relieve what they are suffering and to ward off what would harm them and to bring that which would benefit them. End quote.
Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 24/397
Seeking ruqyah from another person is not haraam, but it is contrary to what is best and most perfect.
The scholars of the Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas said:
Asking others to offer du‘aa’ for one and asking them to perform ruqyah are permissible, but not doing them and doing without people and doing these things for oneself is better.
Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 24/261
Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
This hadeeth indicates that not asking is better, just as not using cautery is better, but when there is a need for it, there is nothing wrong with asking for ruqyah or using cautery, because the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) told ‘Aa’ishah to ask for ruqyah for an illness that had befallen her, and he told the mother of the children of Ja‘far ibn Abi Taalib (may Allah be pleased with him), whose name was Asma’ bint ‘Umays (may Allah be pleased with her), to seek ruqyah for them.
This indicates that there is nothing wrong with that when there is a need to ask for ruqyah. End quote.
Majmoo‘ Fataawa Ibn Baaz, 25/118-119
With regard to your saying “I do not have the patience or skill to do ruqyah for myself,” asking for ruqyah is permissible, as stated above, although ruqyah does not require any skill; rather it is of the same status as supplication (du‘aa’), and anyone can call upon his Lord for healing; that is not difficult. So a person can perform ruqyah for himself by reciting Soorat al-Faatihah, or any other passage of the Holy Qur’aan, or supplications that are proven to be from the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), such as:
“Allaahumma Rabb an-naas, mudhhib al-ba’s ishfi anta al-Shaafi, laa shaafiya illa anta, shifaa’an laa yughaadir saqaman (O Allaah, Lord of mankind, the One Who relieves hardship, grant healing, for there is no healer but You, a healing that leaves no trace of sickness).” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (5750) and Muslim (2191).
“A’oodhu bi kalimaat Allaah al-taammah min kulli shaytaanin wa haammah wa min kulli ‘aynin laammah (I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allaah, from every devil and every poisonous reptile, and from every bad eye).” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (3371).
Muslim (2202) and al-Tirmidhi (2080) narrated from ‘Uthmaan ibn Abi’l-‘Aas (may Allah be pleased with him) that he complained to the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) about some pain that he had felt in his body since he became Muslim.
The Messenger of Allaah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said to him: “Put your hand on the part of your body that hurts and say: ‘Bismillaah (in the name of Allaah)’ three times, then say seven times: ‘A’oodhu bi ‘izzat-illaah wa qudratihi min sharri ma ajid wa uhaadhir (I seek refuge in Allaah and His Power from the evil of what I find and I fear).’”.
Al-Tirmidhi added: He said: I did that and Allah took away what I was suffering, and I still tell my family and others to do that.
We ask Allah to heal you, a healing that leaves no trace of sickness.
And Allah knows best.
It was narrated from Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:
Shall I not tell you about your men in Jannah?” We said: Yes, O Messenger of Allaah. He said: “The Prophet will be in Jannah, the Siddeeq will be in Jannah, the man who visits his brother who lives far away and visits him only for the sake of Allaah will be in Jannah.
Shall I not tell you about your women in Jannah?” We said: Yes, O Messenger of Allaah. He said: “The loving and fertile one who, if she gets angry or is mistreated or her husband gets angry says, ‘Here is my hand in your hand, I shall not sleep until you are pleased.’”
Narrated by al-Tabaraani in al-Mu’jam al-Awsat (2/206). It was also narrated from a number of other Sahaabah, hence it was classed as hasan by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah (3380) and in Saheeh al-Targheeb (1942).
There will be no end to the life of the Hereafter
Will humans live in the after-life forever or for only as long as Allah wishes ? What is the Islamic belief regarding this ?
“Whatsoever is on it (the earth) will perish.
And the Face of your Lord full of Majesty and Honour will remain forever”
“Everyone shall taste death. Then unto Us you shall be returned”
Then Allaah will resurrect His slaves and give them eternal life to which there will be no end. He will bring them to account for their deeds, and He will reward those who did good deeds and punish those who did evil deeds. Mankind will be divided into two groups, one in Paradise and one in Hell. The people of Paradise will abide therein forever, and the kaafir people of Hell will abide therein forever also.
There are many verses and ahaadeeth which clearly state that, for example:
1 – Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“But those who believe (in the Oneness of Allaah — Islamic Monotheism) and do deeds of righteousness, We shall admit them to Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise), abiding therein forever. Therein they shall have Azwaajun Mutahharatun (purified mates or wives), and We shall admit them to shades wide and ever deepening (Paradise)”
“abiding therein forever” means, they will stay there forever, and it will never end or cease; they will remain there forever.
Tafseer al-Tabari, 5/144
2 – Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Allaah will say: This is a Day on which the truthful will profit from their truth: theirs are Gardens under which rivers flow (in Paradise) — they shall abide therein forever. Allaah is pleased with them and they with Him. That is the great success (Paradise)”
3 – Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Verily, those who disbelieve and did wrong; Allaah will not forgive them, nor will He guide them to any way.
Except the way of Hell, to dwell therein forever; and this is ever easy for Allaah”
4 – Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Verily, Allaah has cursed the disbelievers, and has prepared for them a flaming Fire (Hell).
Wherein they will abide for ever, and they will find neither a Wali (a protector) nor a helper”
5 – Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“(Mine is) but conveyance (of the truth) from Allaah and His Messages (of Islamic Monotheism), and whosoever disobeys Allaah and His Messenger, then verily, for him is the fire of Hell, he shall dwell therein forever”
Ibn Katheer said:
“he shall dwell therein forever” means, he will stay there and remain there, he will have no way out of it and that will never cease for him.
Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 3/520
6 – Allaah tells us that the kuffaar will not die in Hell and they will never have a good life. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Verily, whoever comes to his Lord as a Mujrim (criminal, polytheist, sinner, disbeliever in the Oneness of Allaah and His Messengers), then surely, for him is Hell, wherein he will neither die nor live”
“There he will neither die (to be in rest) nor live (a good living)”
“There he will neither die (to be in rest) nor live (a good living)” means, he will never die so as to find a respite from the torment, and he will not live a life that will be any good.
Tafseer al-Tabari, 20/21
7 – It was narrated that Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Death will be brought forth in the form of a black and white speckled ram, and a caller will cry out, ‘O people of Paradise!’ They will crane their necks and look, and he will say, ‘Do you recognize this?’ They will say, ‘Yes, it is death,’ and all of them will have seen it. Then he will cry out, ‘O people of Hell!’ They will crane their necks and look, and he will say, ‘Do you recognize this?’ They will say, ‘Yes, it is death,’ and all of them will have seen it. Then the ram will be slaughtered, and he (the caller) will say, ‘O people of Paradise, it is eternal and there will be no death; O people of Hell, it is eternal and there will be no death.’” Then he recited (interpretation of the meaning): “And warn them (O Muhammad) of the Day of grief and regrets, when the case has been decided, while (now) they are in a state of carelessness, and they believe not” [Maryam 19:39]
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4453; Muslim, 2849
According to the version narrated from Ibn ‘Umar in Muslim (2850): “And the joy of the people of Paradise will be increased, and the grief of the people of Hell will be increased.”
Ibn al-Qayyim said:
This ram and the action of laying it down and slaughtering it whilst the two groups are looking on is something real; it is not something illusionary or symbolic, as some people made the serious mistake of suggesting. They said that it is a description, but a description cannot take a physical shape, let alone be slaughtered.
That view is not correct, for Allaah will cause death to appear in the form of a ram which will be slaughtered, just as He will cause deeds to appear in visible forms by which people will be rewarded or punished. Allaah can cause descriptions to appear in physical forms the substance of which is the description, and He can create characteristics from physical beings, and He can create descriptions from descriptions and physical beings from physical beings. All four categories are possible for Allaah, and there is no contradiction in any of that. It is not something impossible, and there is no need for far-fetched interpretations such as saying that it refers to the slaughter of the Angel of Death. All of that is a misinterpretation of the words of Allaah and His Messenger and a false understanding that is not dictated by reason or the reports, which is caused by lack of understanding of what the Messenger said.
Haadi al-Arwaah, p. 283, 284
8 – It was narrated from Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The people of Paradise will enter Paradise and the people of Hell will enter Hell, then a caller will stand between them and will say, “O people of Hell, there is no death; O people of Paradise, there is no death. It is eternal.”
(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6178; Muslim, 2850)
9 – It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri and Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “A caller will cry out (i.e., to the people of Paradise): ‘You will be healthy and will never fall sick; you will live and will never die; you will remain young and will never grow old; you will feel ease and will never be miserable.’ This is what Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): ‘And it will be cried out to them: “This is the Paradise which you have inherited for what you used to do”’ [al-A’raaf 7:43].
Narrated by Muslim, 2827
So hasten to do righteous deeds in this world, for it is only a short time before you will move to the realm of eternity, either to Paradise whose delights will never end or to Hell whose heat is eternal… so hasten and beware of procrastinating, for most of the pain of the people of Hell will be because of procrastination.
May Allaah make us and you among the people of Paradise. Ameen.
O my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, this is the true understanding of what it means to meet Allah
So many of us talk about death, remind people about death to the point that we make lots of posters and reminders about it but do we [who remind, talk and make posters of it] think to ourselves if we are ready to face the grave?
And to those who are being reminded, does the reminders enter your heart, do you get affected by the reminder? and to the end do you ask yourself, are you ready to enter your grave?
Remember no matter how we are reminded and talked to about death, it is up to us if we let it speak to us and affect us, its all up to yourself.
So today, I will not remind through an ayah because people think its all over the internet, I will remind you with the khutbah of one of the greatest caliph that Islam had, and at this point, one from ‘Uthman Ibn Affan Radiyallahu Anhu.
On his reign as caliph, he once came and made a khutbah [sermon] among the people of Madinah that made him weep all through out, he said:
“O people, fear Allah, for fear of Allah is a treasure. The smartest of the people is the one who checks on himself and strives for that which comes after death, strives to acquire some of the light of Allah for his grave, and fears lest Allah raise him blind when he had sight [in this world].”
The he also said:
“If I were between Paradise and Hell, not knowing which of them I would be commanded to be taken, I would wish to be turned to ashes before I knew in which of them I would end up.”
Then he would tremble and tears would roll down his cheeks whenever he thought of the Hereafter, and when he imagined himself when his grave was opened and his body was taken out to stand before Allah and brought to account.
In another story, Hani [the freed slave of ‘Uthman] said:
“When ‘Uthman stood by a grave he would weep until his beard became wet. It was said to him: You remember Paradise and Hell and weep because of them? He said: The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam said:
“إِنَّ الْقَبْرَ أَوَّلُ مَنَا زِلِ الا خِرَة. فإَنْ نَجَا مِنْهُ، فَمَا أَيْسَرُ مِنْهُ. وَإِنْ لَمْ يَنْجُ مِنْهُ، فَمَا بَعْدَهُ أَشَدُّ مِنْهُ.”
“The grave is the first stage of the Hereafter; if a person safe at that stage, what comes after it will be easier than it, but if he is not safe at that stage, what comes after it will be harder than it.”
He said: And the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam said:
“مَا رَأَيْتُ مَنْظَرًا قَطُّ إِلَّا وَا لْقَبْرُ أَفْظَعُ مِنْهُ”
” By Allah, I have never seen any scene but the grave is more terrifying that it.”
He said: When the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam had finished burying the deceased, he would stand over him and say:
“اسْتَغْفِرُا لِأَ خِيكُمْ وَاسْأَلُوا لَهُ بِالتَْثْبِيتِ فَإنَّهُ الانَ يُسْأَلُ”
“Pray for forgiveness for your brother and ask that he may be made steadfast, for even now he is being questioned.”
O my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, this is the true understanding of what it means to meet Allah, and this is how ‘Uthman understood and how he had lived by.
We enjoy so much in this world that we forget that death has been made certain to each and everyone of us. We forget that there are punishments in the grave.
With all our deeds, with all our leisure that were spent in things that have wasted our short time in this world, would you think that we will be greeted with the Salaam by Jibrail Alaihi Salaam on the grave or would we be slammed by the hot iron chains?
The only thing that makes us not affected by the certainty of death is because we lack the true understanding of it.
Death doesn’t assure you of smooth passage to the Hereafter, death is just certain but your deeds are the one who will either make your passage smooth or terrifyingly cruel.
The grave is the first stage after death and death has been made certain for you, so I’m asking you once again, sit for a moment, contemplate about what you have been doing in life and ask yourself, with all that deeds, can you say that you are ready to enter your grave?
And we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall takes us back on a time where He is most pleased with us and that He makes the day that we meet Him the most beautiful day of our lives! Amin.
Stories were taken from:
• Sahih At Tawtheeq fi Seerah wa Hayat Dhu’n Noorayn, Al Sayyid, p. 107
• Nizam al Hukm fi ‘Ahd Al Khulafa Ar Rashideen, Al Samad, p. 205
• Fada’il As Sahabah, no. 773 [Hasan]
• Abu Dawud 
Importance of humility
Haritha ibn Wahb (رضي الله عنه) reported: The Messenger of Allaah (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said: “Shall I not tell you about the companions of Paradise? They are every humble person considered weak, but if they gave an oath by Allaah it would be fulfilled. Shall I not tell you about the companions of Hellfire? They are every harsh, haughty, and arrogant person.”
[Sahih Bukhari 4634]
Iyad ibn Himar (رضي الله عنه) reported: The Messenger of Allaah (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said: “Verily, Allah has revealed to me that you must be humble towards one another, so that no one wrongs another or boasts to another.”
[Sahih Muslim 2865]
Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) reported: The Messenger of Allaah (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said: “Charity does not decrease wealth, no one forgives except that Allaah increases his honour, and no one humbles himself for the sake of Allaah except that Allaah raises his status.”
[Sahih Muslim 2588]
It is narrated on the authority of Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (رضي الله عنه) that The Messenger of Allaah (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said: “None shall enter the Fire (of Hell) who has in his heart the weight of a mustard seed of Iman (faith) and none shall enter Paradise who has in his heart the weight of a mustard seed of pride.”
[Sahih Muslim Book 1;172]