“The mutual rivalry for piling up of this world diverts you; until you visit the graves; nay, you shall soon come to know the reality; again, you shall soon come to know the reality...”
(Qur’an Chapter 102: 1-4)
At the death of his adored sixteen month old child, Ibrahim, our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) held his son in his arms and said,
“ The eyes send their tears and the heart is saddened, but we do not say anything except that which pleases our Lord. Indeed, O Ibrahim, we are bereaved by your departure from us.”
Then he turned his face towards the mountain before him and said,
“O mountain! If you were as sorrowful as I am, you would certainly crumble into pieces! But we say what Allah has ordered us: (we are the servants of Allah and we will return to Him; we thank Allah, the Creator of the Universe)”
When witnessing the nearly unbearable pain of losing a loved one, it’s easy to lose sight of what is most pleasing to your Lord – that is, placing your heart in the hands of Allah Al-Jabbar (The Repairer of Hearts), and ensuring your words and actions are compatible with the beautiful Sunnah of our prophet.
Your eyes can tear, and your heart can grieved, but you say nothing that displeases Allah...
“The fact that each and every point was backed by authentic evidence made my confidence in the material higher than other similar classes taught elsewhere” -Student
Imagine sitting at the dinner table with your family, only to be interrupted by an urgent phone call – your uncle had a heart attach, and has passed away. You and your family are distressed and confused...you just saw your uncle happy and healthy one week ago! SubhanAllah! As the shock of the news subsides, you wonder to yourself: who do we call to arrange washing and shrouding his body? Where will he be buried? He has living parents, a wife and two children; who will look after them? Who is responsible to pay off his debts and divide his assets?...
The reality of death is imminent – every moment that passes us by brings us closer to its grip; but what have we done to prepare for it? How can our diverse communities be equipped to handle this need, while different opinions and misconceptions about death are rampant?
“This course was a myth-buster about the many cultural mistakes we inherited regarding death rituals. Shaykh Abu Eesa Niamatullah combined classical knowledge with contemporary application. Comparing the rituals of death in Islam to others demonstrates his depth of knowledge about other cultures” -Student
The example of our beloved messenger is clear and beautiful; while he grieved for many beloved family members and companions whose lives were lost during his lifetime, he taught his nation how to continuously become closer to their Lord through these experiences.
“The grave calls out: O dwellers of the earth, you have focused on building a realm that will soon pass away, and you have neglected the realm to which you are moving quickly...” - Ibn al-Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah
Although we may sometimes forget, we are quickly moving towards our ultimate and true destination; join us to track the journey of the transient soul from life to death, and beyond.
“Seeing how the body is washed on site was very educational and gave me the shivers. Practicality was emphasized and I learned much more than simply reading the material on my own. -Student
Immerse yourself in the serious study of topics and issues surrounding death and the passage of the soul that are often misunderstood. Take the journey towards objectively understanding some of the most emotionally challenging issues that a Muslim can grapple with...
“An older adult in a class full of youth, I wonder how I spent all those years without this knowledge. The class is of benefit for students of all ages” -Student