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Dua: Closing the eyes of the departed...

Friday, 22 October 2010

In the name of God, Compassionate, Merciful بسم الله الرحمن الرحيمِ | Peace be with you السلام عليكم


May God forgive and have mercy on those we lose, and may God give us extra strength to endure watching and coping with a soul leaving Earth. Ameen.

Usually upon hearing a death we rush to remember the lines from al-Baqarah:
"And We (God) will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient ones, who, when disaster strikes them, say, 

'Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return.'

Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided." (Qur'an, 2:155-157)
It is human nature to ask 'why' and want to 'undo' a difficulty. This is human nature and for Muslims it is still a spiritual challenge to connect the pain to a greater cause. But to become 'as-sabireen' = the patient ones, and 'muhtadoon' = rightly guided, a Muslim thinks higher than themselves, bearing the pain of heartache and quickly remembering that that event is because of Allah. We say: انّا للہ و انّا الیه راجعون = 'Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return.' - Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji`un.

Du`a read upon closing the deceased Muslim's eyes:
Bismillahi wa `ala millati Rasulillah

Meaning:
In the name of Allah and on the creed of Rasulillah 

A slightly longer, beautiful du`a for closing the eyes of the departed is on MakeDua.com.



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MuslimFirst said...

Ma'sha'allah, lovely post. Indeed I remember that Ayah from Surat-al Baqarah when I think of some of the young people that we have lost in my family - a young (29) cousin-sister in an auto accident; a distant relation, but close-to-the heart family member in England who succumbed to osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in his mid-30's after a roughly 2-year battle, leaving his mother especially devastated . . Allah (swt) tests us with loss of life at some point in our lives, but some do hurt more than others I think, but either way, one of the most powerful ways He examines our Imaan/Faith in Him and Islam - "I have taken something beloved away from you, will you still Love/Fear/Worship/Submit to me?"

May Allah (swt) Give Strength, Sabr and Perserverance to all of us, and to those who endure losses and Reward those who do so with great Humility and Patience. Ameen.

Jazak'Allahu Khairan for yet another beautiful post.

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