Benefitting the Deceased

Benefitting the Deceased :
The Good Practice of the Prophet, & the Companions,
*[A5] Paperback - 140 pages, New,
by Shaykh Zafar al-Din al-Bihari al-Ridawi, al-Ashrafi,
Compiled & Transl. by : Muhammad Sajid Younus,
by True Islam Publications.


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Description :

Death is inevitable and an ever present part of our mortal existence. The death of a loved one or even an acquaintance brings forth a multitude of emotions in us, in particular one of utter helplessness, of being unable to do anything to prevent the events unfolding before us. In addition to this human reaction, the Muslim is further aware of the trials that the departed will pass through and the potential pitfalls that lie ahead. The righteous want to help their loved ones through this potentially traumatic ordeal.

Isl?m is the natural religion; it provides wholesome and logical channels for every natural urge and emotion, and provides many varied means for the living to help and support the deceased. Islam also reminds us that Allah, the Most High, is the most Merciful and oft- Forgiving, whose mercy is ever seeking excuses to forgive and elevate His servants.

This risala discusses the concept of helping the deceased (Eesal us Sawab), before describing the various methods of benefitting the deceased that are in the Qur'an, the Sunnah of the Prophet and the examples of the Companions. The reader is also reassured that all of these methods are in line with the Sunnah of the Prophet and the teachings of Islam.

Shaykh Zafar ud Deen al Bihari al Hanafi, may Allah have mercy upon him, (1303-1382 hijri) was one of the great scholars in the Indian Sub-continent at the turn of the century. He had been given the title 'Malik ul ulama' by his contemporaries meaning they deemed him the king amongst the ulama of his time. He was not just a great muhaddith and jurist but was also a master of Science and worldly knowledge.  In particular he was renowned for establishing accurate salah times for different areas using his expertise in both fiqh and science.  He was also a prolific writer and debater, and this risala before you, which is in fact a response to a number of questions, gives a taste of the wealth and depth of his research and understanding.

Table of Contents :

---Foreword : Mufti Muhammad Khan Qadri,

--The Question Posed;
--The Response:

---[1]. The Concept of Eesal us Sawab,

---[2].Eesal us Sawab in the Qur'an,
------Supplicating for the forgiveness of the deceased,
------Seeking Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala's, mercy and kindness for one's parents,
------Praying the Janaza (funeral) for the deceased,
------Visiting the grave of a Muslim, standing over and viewing it,

---[3]. Eesal us Sawab Practices of the Prophet and his Companions,
------Reciting Surah Yaseen by the side of the dying or in the graveyard,
------Kissing the deceased,
------Shrouding the deceased in the blessed clothes of an elder,
------Writing Kalima Tayyiba, the covenent or a du'a on the shroud of the deceased,
------Praising & mention the virtues of the deceased on witnessing a funeral procession,
------The funeral prayer and the benefits of having many attendees,
------Burying in a blessed place and close to the pious,
------A pious elder to sit or lie in the grave that is ready,
------Sprinkling water on the grave,
------Instructing the deceased after burial,
------Waiting at the grave after burial and supplicating for steadfastness,
------Adhan over the grave after burial,
------Placing a palm tree branch, wooden twig or other green plant upon the grave,
------Reciting the beginning of Surah al-Baqarah at the head of the grave and the end of Surah al-Baqarah at the feet,
------Waiting at the graveside for the time it takes to slaughter a camel & distribute its meat,
------Comforting the deceased by visiting the grave,
------Visiting the graveyard in the final part of the night to perform du'a,
------Specifying Thursdays and Fridays for visiting the graves of parents and elders,
------Visiting the grave annually on the anniversary,
------Reciting the Kalima on behalf of the deceased,
------Reciting the Qur'an and dedicating its reward,
------Praying the Salah and fasting on behalf of the deceased (giving them the reward),
------Having a well dug & making it waqf (an endownment) on behalf of the deceased,
------Charity on behalf of the deceased,
------Offering a sacrifice on behalf of the deceased,

---[4]. Eesal us Sawab for the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace,

---[5]. Eesal us Sawab and Fiqh,

---[6]. Rejecting Eesal us Sawab is the creed of the Mutazilah,

---[7]. Are any forms of Eesal us Sawab bid'ah ?

---Brief Biography of the author: Malik al-Ulema; Shaykh Zafar al-Din al-Bihari,
---Other known works of Malik al-Ulema.



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