Sharh al-Sudur: The Opening of the Hearts

'Sharh al-Sudur' : New,
The Opening of the Hearts -
'in Explaining the State of the Deceased
and of the Graves'
*[A5] Paperback - 486 pages,
being a transl. of Sharh as-Sudur,
by Imam Jalal al-Din as-Suyuti [d.911h],
English transl. by Mahdi Lock.

Back in Stock DECEMBER 2023

Description :

The Opening of The Hearts - 'in Explaining the State of the Deceased and of the Graves' being an English translation of Sharh as-Sudur bi Sharh Hal al-Mawla wa al-Qubur, by Imam Jalal al-Din as-Suyuti, may Allah be pleased with him.

It is on the authority of al-Hasan, who said, "'When Allah the Exalted created Adam and his progeny, the Angels said, "The earth will not be spacious enough for them." He said, " I will create death." They said, "Then they will not enjoy life." He said, " I will create hope."

The event of losing a loved one leaves many left behind seeking meaning in their loss and answers to a myriad of questions, such as ;

   *** What happens when we die?
   *** Can the deceased hear us?
   *** Can they see us?
   *** Can we benefit them?
   *** Can they benefit us?

This masterpiece by Imam Jalal ad-Din as-Suyuti, rahmatullahi ta'ala 'alayhi, not only provides answers to these questions and so many more but also offers hope, comfort, and solace by describing the believer’s journey from this life into the next.



About the Author :

Imam Jalal al-Din as-Suyuti: 'Abd al-Rahman ibn Kamal al-Din Abi Bakr,  Jalal al-Din al-Misri al-Suyuti al-Shafi'i al-Ash'ari, also known as Ibn al-Asyuti (849-911), the mujtahid imam and renewer of the tenth Islamic century, foremost hadith master, jurist, Sufi, philologist, and historian, he authored works in virtually every Islamic science.

Born to a Turkish mother and non-Arab father and raised as an orphan in Cairo, he memorized the Qur'an at eight, then several complete works of Sacred Law, fundamentals of jurisprudence, and Arabic grammar; after which he devoted himself to studying the Sacred Sciences under about a hundred and fifty shaykhs.  A giant among contemporaries, he remained alone, producing a sustained output of scholarly writings until his death at the age of sixty-two. He is buried in Hawsh Qawsun in Cairo.


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About Shaykh Mahdi Lock:

Mahdi Lock is a teacher, student, blogger, writer, and professional freelance translator of classical Arabic Islamic texts into English. He has been studying theology, law and other Islamic sciences for several years with teachers in England, North Africa and the Middle East. To date, his translated works include Kitab al-Halal wa al-Haram by Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, Kitab al-Waqf from al-Mughni al-Mu?t?j by al-Kha??b al-Shirb?n?, the introduction to al-Majm?? by Imam Yahya al-Nawawi and Sharh al-Sudur by Imam Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti.
Other works of Shaykh Mahdi Lock.

Table of Contents :

---About the Translator.

---Translator's Introduction,
---Author's Introduction.

---Chapter [1]: The Beginning of Death,
---Chapter [2]: The Prohibition Against Wishing for Death and Supplicating for It Due to Some Harm that Befalls One’s Wealth and Person,
---Chapter [3]: The Superiority of a Long Life Spent in Obedience to Allah the Exalted,
---Chapter [4]: The Permissibility of Wishing for Death and Supplicating for It if One Fears Tribulation for One’s Religion,
---Chapter [5]: The Superiority of Death,
---Chapter [6]: Remembering Death and Preparing for It,
---Chapter [7]: What Helps to Remember Death,
---Chapter [8]: Having a Good Opinion of Allah as Well as Fearing Him,
---Chapter [9]: The Warner of Death,
---Chapter [10]: The Sign of a Good End,
---Chapter [11]: The One Whose Appointed Time is Near, How Death Happens, and Its Severity,
---Chapter [12]: What a Person Says During the Illness That Leads to Death,
-------What Is Recited in His Presence,
-------What Is Said When Death Approaches Him,
-------Dictating to Him,
-------What Is Said When He Dies and His Eyes Are Closed,
---Chapter [13]: What Has Come Regarding the Angel of Death and His Assistants,
---Chapter [14]: The Cutting of Lifespans Every Year,
---Chapter [15]: Those Who Are Present When Someone Is Dying,
-------Including Angels and Others,
-------What the Dying Person Sees,
-------What Is Said to Him,
-------The Glad Tidings That Are Given to the Believer,
-------The Warning That Is Given to the Disbeliever,
---Chapter [16]: The Spirits Meeting, Gathering With and Questioning the Deceased Once His Spirit Has Exited,
---Chapter [17]: The Deceased’s Knowledge of Those Who Are Washing Him and Preparing Him,
-------His Hearing of What Is Said Therein and to Him While the Funeral Is Passing By,
---Chapter [18]: The Angels Walking in the Funeral Procession and What They Say,
---Chapter [19]: The Sky and the Earth Weeping Over the Believer When He Dies,
---Chapter [20]: The Slave Being Buried in the Earth That He Was Created From,
---Chapter [21]: What Is Said at the Time of Burial and Dictation,
---Chapter [22]: The Grave Closing in on Everyone,
---Chapter [23]: The Grave Addressing the Deceased,
---Chapter [24]: The Questioning of the Two Angels,
---Chapter [25]: Those Who Are Not Questioned in the Grave,
---Chapter [26]: The Ugliness of the Grave & Its Ease and Spaciousness for the Believer,
---Chapter [27]: The Punishment of the Grave,
---Chapter [28]: That Which Saves From the Punishment of the Grave,
---Chapter [29]: The States of the Deceased in Their Graves & Their Companionship Therein,
---Chapter [30]: The Precedence of the Martyr,
---Chapter [31]: Visiting the Graves and the Deceased Seeing Their Visitors,
---Chapter [32]: The Dwelling of the Spirits,
---Chapter [33]: The Deceased Being Shown Their Seat Every Day,
---Chapter [34]: The Deeds of the Living Being Shown to the Deceased,
---Chapter [35]: That Which Holds the Spirit Back From Its Noble Station,
---Chapter [36]: Bequests,
---Chapter [37]: The Spirits of the Deceased & the Spirits of the Living Meeting During Sleep,
---Chapter [38]: The Deceased Being Harmed by What Reaches Him From What the Living Say About Him,
-------The Prohibition Against Insulting Him and Offending Him,
---Chapter [39]: The Deceased Being Harmed by Being Wailed Over and Other Forms of Harm,
---Chapter [40]: The Two Guardians Staying by the Believer’s Grave,
---Chapter [41]: What Benefits the Deceased in His Grave,
---Chapter [42]: On Reciting the Qur??n for the Deceased or Over the Grave,
---Chapter [43]: The Best Times for Death,
---Chapter [44]: The Actions That Necessitate That the One Doing Them Hastily Reach Paradise After Death,
---Chapter [45]: The Decaying of the Deceased’s Body, Apart From the Prophets and Those Attached to Them.

---Conclusion: Regarding Beneficial Lessons Connected to the Spirit.



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