The Reward For Being Patient Upon the Demise of A Beloved Part 1

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ “‏ يَقُولُ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى مَا لِعَبْدِي الْمُؤْمِنِ عِنْدِي جَزَاءٌ، إِذَا قَبَضْتُ صَفِيَّهُ مِنْ أَهْلِ الدُّنْيَا، ثُمَّ احْتَسَبَهُ إِلاَّ الْجَنَّةُ .‏”‏‏


Sayyidunā ʾAbū Hurayrah رضي الله عنه narrated that the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ said:

“Allāh Taʿālā said: ‘There is no other reward apart from Jannah for a believing servant who remains patient in hope of attaining rewards from Me when I take the soul of a beloved of his from the people of this world.’” [Ṣaḥīḥ Bukhārī #6424]


This ḥadīth indicates that if someone’s beloved passes away, whether it is his son, father or any beloved friend, Allāh Taʿālā will reward him in proportion to the degree of his love for that person.

When Allāh Taʿālā takes away a person’s beloved, i.e., his beloved passes away, or his close friend or relative passes away who he deeply loved, if he exercises patience upon his demise, Allāh Taʿālā says: “There is no other reward from Me other than Jannah.”

This is also a favour from Allāh Taʿālā. This is because this was his beloved and Allāh took him away. The reality is that he was Allāh’s possession. Allāh Taʿālā took back his own possession. However, despite this, Allāh Taʿālā bestowed this reward upon his servant. 

If the servant exercises patience and forbearance upon [his beloved] being taken away from him and does not scream, lament, complain and wail, then in such a case, Allāh Taʿālā will grant him Jannah in exchange.

Thus, when one’s beloved passes away, contemplate upon the fact that Allāh Taʿālā will reward me if I exercise patience. This is what the meaning of ‘iḥtasabahū’ entails.

Dars Riyāḍuṣ Ṣāliḥīn Vol.1 Pg.279-280 by Hazrat Muftī Aḥmed Khānpūrī Ṣāḥib حفظه الله ونفعنا بعلومه وفيوضه وصحبته ]

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