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The Last Breath (Fiqh of Worship III (Death & Inheritance))

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“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 (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 (peace be upon him). Your eyes can tear, and your heart can grieve, 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 attack, and has passed away. You and your family are distressed and confused...you just saw your uncle happy and healthy one week ago! Subhan Allah! 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?

The Last Breath is a double-weekend seminar that will take you on a journey through the stages of death and immersion into the afterlife, and open your eyes to a new understanding of dealing with the grief of death. This course is taught by our knowledgeable and respected instructor Shaykh Abu Eesa Niamatullah, who will delve into the fiqh (jurisprudence) rulings surrounding the janazah (funeral prayer), burial rites, wills, inheritance, and more. His cross-cultural analysis and in-depth study of the topic makes this seminar's worth incalculable!

“This course was a myth-buster about the many cultural mistakes we inherited regarding death rituals. Shaykh Abu Eesa 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

By the end of this seminar you will be able to:

  • Comprehend the multifaceted fiqh rulings surrounding funeral rites (including: washing and shrouding the body, and janazah practices) within the context of the Sunnah of our beloved messenger (peace be upon him)
  • Understand the path your soul will take once it leaves your body; in the stage of the grave, and on the day of judgement
  • Know the etiquettes of visiting the graves, the Sunnah of visiting the sick, and the offering condolences to people who have lost their loved ones
  • Through looking at real life examples, establish a firm grip on the intricacies of inheritance and the rulings of passing on wealth or properties to one’s family members
  • Ensure that you honour those who have passed away by identifying and embracing the various Sunnah practices concerning death

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

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Course Outline

 

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION ON DEATH

A- Definition of Death

B- Importance of Remembering Death

C- The Checklist on Death

D- Relationship between Life & Afterlife

E- Statistics about Death 

 

CHAPTER 2: THE TIME AND PLACE OF DEATH

A- Causes of Death

B- The Time of Death

C- The Place of Death

D- Causes of Age Increase

E- The Rule on Wishing for Death

 

CHAPTER 3: SICKNESS

A- The Manners of Visiting the Sick

B- Ruqyah (Faith Healing)

C- Medical Treatment

D- The Sickness of Death

 

CHAPTER 4: WHEN DEATH COMES

A- Assisting the Dying Person

B- The Soul of the Believer when Leaving the Body

C- The Soul of the Disbeliever

D- What to do after a Person Dies

E- The Signs of a Righteous Death

 

CHAPTER 5: CLASSIFYING DEATH

A- False Classifications of Death

B- Signs of Death

 

CHAPTER 6: WASHING THE BODY

A- General Guidelines

B- How to Wash the Body

C- Special Rulings Regarding Washing

D- Rulings on Organ Donation

 

CHAPTER 7: SHROUDING THE DEAD

A- Rules on Shrouding the Dead

B- Rulings on Preparing a Dead Muḥrim

C- Preparing those Who Died in a Battle

 

CHAPTER 8: THE JANĀZAH PRAYER

A- Rules of Praying on the Dead

B- Praying on Special Types of People

C- Du‘ā for the Dead Person in Janāzah

 CHAPTER 9: FOLLOWING THE FUNERAL

A- The Virtues of following a Funeral

B- Carrying the Body to the Grave

 

CHAPTER 10: THE BURIAL

A- The Time of Burying

B- The Place of Burial

C- Digging the Grave

D- The Step-by-Step of Burial

E- What We Do After Burying

F- What is Not Permissible to Do

G- Burying Certain Types of People

 

CHAPTER 11: VISITING THE GRAVES

A- Rulings on Visiting the Graves

B- Common Innovations when Visiting Graveyards

 

CHAPTER 12: CONDOLING OTHERS

A- The Reward of Ta‘ziyah

B- Customs and Habits that are not from the Religion

 

CHAPTER 13: GRIEVING

A- The Ruling of Mourning

B- Ḥidād (Displaying Acts of Grieving)

C- Deeds that Would Reach the Deceased Person

D- Helping Yourself and Others to Grieve

 

CHAPTER 14: INTRODUCTION TO THE SCIENCE OF INHERITANCE

A- The Importance of Learning about Inheritance

B- The Wisdom Behind Islamic Laws of Inheritance

C- Common Misconceptions about Islamic Laws of Inheritance

 

CHAPTER 15: THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THE SCIENCE OF INHERITANCE

A- The Pillars of Inheritance

B- The Conditions of Inheritance

C- The Causes of Inheritance

D- The Impediments of Inheritance

 

CHAPTER 16: THE WILL

A- What Happens if You Don’t Write Your Will?

B- Recommended Acts in Will Writing

C- Giving a Bequest (Waṣiyyah)

D- Rules Regarding the Witnesses of the Will

E- Steps for Preparing a Will

F- Sample Islamic Will

 

CHAPTER 17: DISTRIBUTION OF THE INHERITANCE

A- Verses of Inheritance

B- Division of Inheritance

C- Calculation of Inheritance

D- Distribution of Residual Shares

E- Distribution of Prescribed Shares

 

CHAPTER 18: SPECIAL CASES IN INHERITANCE

A- Mass Catastrophes

B- The Embryo and the Newborn

C- The Lost Person’s Inheritance Distribution

D- Transsexuals and Inheritance

E- Far Relatives

 

CHAPTER 19: QUESTIONING OF THE GRAVE

A- Introduction to the Questioning of the Graves

B- The Warnings about the Torture of the Grave

C- The Wisdom behind Hiding the Torture

D- Causes of the Torture of the Grave

E- Being Saved from the Torture of the Grave

F- Blessings of the Grave

G- Meeting of the Souls of the Living and the Dead

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