One sweet day, as I was tidying my cupboard, I found this piece of paper with my scribbles on it. It was written in pencil ink. I guess it must be one of my lecture notes with Dr Abdi Omar, or maybe another lecturer. I’m not so sure. I’m not even sure for which subject, and from which semester. But the topic is good, so I’m preserving the knowledge here for us to ponder and share.
RIGHTS OF A DYING MUSLIM UPON A LIVING PERSON
Family members and his most pious friends should be informed and be present at his side and should act the following:
- Help him turn his thoughts to Allah.
- Encourage him very gently to repent.
- Remind him about all the good deeds that he did.
- Remind him about Allah’s mercy and Allah’s forgiveness so that he may anticipate Allah’s mercy and Allah’s favor.
Allah said in the Qur’an (15:56): “And who despairs the mercy of Allah, but those who are misguided.”
Hadith: “Let no Muslim die except expecting and hoping the best of Allah.” (*needs quotation)
- Be kind and patient.
- Never leave him alone.
- Give him hope, not allow him to cry in pain or panic.
- Prompt him gently (encourange without insistence) every now and then to say the shahadah.