"" Verily, with ALLAH alone is the knowledge of the Hour. And HE sends down the rain, and HE knows what is in the wombs. And no soul knows what it will earn tomorrow, and no soul knows in what land it will die. Surely, ALLAH is All-Knowing, All-Aware. "" 31:34THE VENUE & THE SEMINARWith the gates of heaven being opened, Allahs mercy surrounded Jamiat-ulIslah on the 14th and 15th of October, the Janazah Seminar by SheikhAssim Al Luqman Al Hakim.Abu Hurairah and Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with them)reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "When a group of peopleassemble for the remembrance of Allah, the angels surround them (withtheir wings), (Allahs) mercy envelops them, Sakinah, or tranquillitydescends upon them and Allah makes a mention of them before those whoare near Him.[Muslim].With around 375 people attending the Seminar, looking to seek the rightknowledge, clear misconceptions and learn from Sheikh Assim, the Seminarwas a huge success, by the grace and mercy of Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala,Alhamdulillah.For the very first time, KALEMAH organized separate lounge arrangementsfor mothers who were accompanied by children. The setup was completewith a separate kids area, with toys, puzzles, activities and videos for thechildren to keep themselves occupied during the course of the seminar.The mothers area was comortably set up with live audio and video feed, andseating. The women felt blessed to be mothers, Alhamdulillah, and wereextremely happy to have been able to attend the seminar. TheKALEMAH staff ensured the comfort and needs of the mothers were metthroughout the seminar.
Allah has commanded us in the Quran to strive hard to walk on the path ofknowledge, and study about our religion so that we are able to worship Himin the right way, and the best way. He has also commanded us to follow theSunnah of our Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and not deviate from hismethods and practices, nor create innovations in the religion or the ways ofIbaadah. Keeping this in mind, KALEMAH organized the Janazah Seminar tofacilitate those who always look forward to pleasing Allah Subhanahu waTaala, by being a good Muslim and fulfill their responsibility towards theMuslim Ummah, in shaAllah.Death and the journey of the Soul after death has been very clearlyexplained by Allah Himself in His Quran. The Prophet Sallallahu alayhi waSallam has also mentioned the details of death, life after death, as well asthe Janazah (Funeral Rites), all the way from the washing of the body rightup till the burial of the deceased, which has been recorded in his variousAhadith, Alhamdulillah. Even so, the topic of Death and Janazah is not amuch discussed one amongst the muslims of today, and there has been agreat need for a platform that would encourage people to learn from arenowned Scholar of Islam, and let go of the wrong practices being followed.DEATH IN ISLAMIt is unfortunate that the reality of "DEATH" is not known in a true sense inour day, and DEATH is commonly assumed to be someones "ending"."Every soul shall taste death!"Almighty Lord Allah (swt) says in the Quraan "Blessed be He in Whose hands is Dominion: and He over all things hath Power; He Who created Death and Life the may try which of you is best in deed: and he is the Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving;.... (Surah Al-Mulkhat -67:1-2)Every one of us has to die. In this regard Allah mentioned in the Quraanthat everyone has to die including the Prophet himself:Allah says in Holy Quran "Truly thou wilt die (one day), and truly they (too) will die (one day)." Surah Al Zumar (39:30)
Allah also said that every soul shall taste the death: "Every soul shall have taste of death; In the end to us shall ye be brought back .(Surah Al-Ankabut The Spider 29:57)No one knows when and where one will die. No one even knows howsomeone is to die. In this respect Allah says in the Quran "Nor does anyone know what it is that he will earn on the morrow: Nor does anyone know in what land he is to die. Verily with God is full knowledge and He is acquainted (with all things)" (Surah Luqman:- 31:34)Indeed, Allaahs promise will be fulfilled. The Death is something soinevitable, yet so very often forgotten.Each day that passes, each day we breathe, each day we go about our lives,sinning or doing good, is but a day closer to our end, closer to our return toour Creator - Allaah the All-Mighty. Many of us, have at some point in ourlives, lost a close relative or a close friend. True, we shed tears, we showremorse and we show sadness - but how did we reflect upon it for our ownselves.The reality of death, in all its morbid nuances was beautifully explained bySheikh Assim, that brought a sense of awakening in the atmosphere of thecrowd.CARE FOR THE DYINGWhen a Muslim is near death, those around him or her are called upon togive comfort, and reminders of Gods mercy and forgiveness. They mayrecite verses from the Quran, give physical comfort, and encourage thedying one to recite words of remembrance and prayer. It is recommended, ifat all possible, for a Muslims last words to be the declaration of faith: "Ibear witness that there is no god but Allah."Upon death, those with the deceased are encouraged to remain calm, prayfor the departed, and begin preparations for burial. The eyes of the deceasedshould be closed, and the body covered temporarily with a clean sheet. It isforbidden for those in mourning to excessively wail, scream, or thrash about.Grief is normal when one has lost a loved one, and it is natural andpermitted to cry. When the Prophet Muhammads own son died, he said:
"The eyes shed tears and the heart is grieved, but we will not say anythingexcept which pleases our Lord." One should strive to be patient, andremember that Allah is the One who gives life and takes it away, at a timeappointed by Him. It is not for us to question His wisdom.DEATH RITESMuslims see death as a natural event, and they prefer to face death in thecompany of family and friends, not among strangers in a sterile medicalward. When a Muslim nears death, his loved ones gather around to help himturn his thoughts to God, encourage him to repent his sins, remind himabout the good things he did during his life, and give him hope about themercy of God. They may also prompt him, very gently, to utter words offaith as his last words.After death has been confirmed, those present close the eyes of thedeceased, cover the body with a clean sheet, and supplicate God to forgivehim for anything he did wrong during his life. They then hasten to preparethe body for washing, shrouding, and burial."The deceased (one who tasted death) knows those who washed his body,who shrouded the corpse, who performed the funeral service for him, whoattended his funeral procession, who descended the corpse into the graveand who prompted over his grave! "THE BURIALMuslims strive to bury the dead as soon as possible after death, and manyIslamic burials occur within twenty-four hours. Family members or othermembers of the Muslim community care for the deceased. Washing the bodyseveral times with water, following the same general process as in theablutions for prayer, with the final wash when perfume or camphor is addedto the water. Finally, the body is dried with a towel and shrouded in plainwhite cloths.At the time of burial, Muslims gather to pray the funeral prayer, calledsalaat-l-janazah. This is a congregational prayer during which worshipersask God for forgiveness and mercy for the deceased. The congregationgathers in front of the body, standing in rows. The funeral prayer is said
silently except for a few words. After the prayer, the body is transferreddirectly to the cemetery for burial.The deceased is then proceeded for burial. The shrouded body is placed inthe grave resting on the right side, facing Mecca.The official mourning period in Islam is three days. For widows, this period isextended to four months and ten days, as described in the Quran (2:234). "Do not cry out by slapping your cheeks and tearing your clothesbeside the deceased for he is tortured by your wailing!"This shows that he will be seeing and feeling troubled of the othersemotional states.Prophet Muhammad sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam advised his followers to behumble and patient in mourning. Grief at the death of a loved one is natural,but Muslims are not to despair or lose faith.BONUS LECTURE ON ISLAMIC WILL AND INHERITANCEAccording to a tradition of the Prophet Muhammad, Muslims may bequeathup to one-third of their estate in a written will to any person or organizationof their choosing. In addition, transfers of estate may be done at any timeduring a persons lifetime. These amounts are not included in the inheritancecalculations.All this and more was covered in during a 2 hour lecture in which LegalExpert Mohammad Marria spoke in detail on how to deal with legalchallenges commonly faced by the family of the deceased and preparing thelast will to avoid diffiulties in Islamic will and Inheritance.PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATION BY SHEIKH ASSIM AL LUQMAN ALHAKIMThe highlight of the Seminar, Sheikh Assim Al Luqman Al Hakim, alongwith afew brothers from KALEMAH, performed a live demonstration of the JanazahRites, begining with the washing of the body all the way till the finalshrouding of the body. The various processes were explained in detail for thebenefit of the crowd, followed by a session of question answers to clear anymisconceptions/ doubts prevailing in the minds of the students.
Please click here for photos from the Seminar.Alhamdulillah, all in all, it was indeed an enlightening experience, with anocean of knowledge that was passed on by the Sheikh. All Praise belongs toAllah Subhanahu Wa Taala for helping us all the way and making theSeminar a success. May Allah bless us all, bless the knowledge gained, helpus to pass it on, and implement it in our lives, in shaallah. Ameen. MayAllah bless Sheikh Assim, grant him a good life ahead in this life and theHereafter, May Allah bless all our Shuyookh and preserve them for theMuslim Ummah. May Allah reward all those who attended the Seminar,seeking to please Him, for taking the efforts to acquire knowledge. AmeenReference:http://www.123muslim.com/islamic-articles/7589-death-not-end.htmlhttp://www.netplaces.com/understanding-islam/life-events-in-muslim-families/death-and-funeral-rituals.htmhttp://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/hadeeth/riyad/15/chap247.htmhttp://www.lutonmuslims.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=314:kdeth&catid=3:hereafter&Itemid=59