Commentary ~ Sudden Death

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

There have been many incidents in which people suddenly die in circumstances that portend evil; such cases have often been witnessed by the righteous, whose Faith increased in consequence, thus making them more prepared for the Hereafter. For example, Ibn Rajab related from ‘Abdul-Aziz bin Abi Rawwad, who said,

“I was with a man who was dying and who was being prompted to say the Shahadah: None has the right to be worshipped but Allah (and Mohamed is the the Messenger of Allah). His last words were, ‘He is a disbeliever by what you say.’ I asked about him and found out that he was an alcoholic.”

‘Abdul-Aziz said,

“Protect yourselves from sins, for it were sins that were his ruin.”

Qurtubi related from Rabi’ bin Sabrah bin Ma’bad Al-Juhani, a pious person from Basrah:

“I met people from Sham, who reported that it was said to a man who was dying, ‘Say: None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.’ And his response was, ‘I drink (alcohol), so give me something to drink.'”

And Ibn Qayyim related in Al-Jawab Al-Kafi,

“It has been said to some of them, ‘Say: None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.’ They answered, ‘Ahh Ahh, I am not able to say it.'”

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Hadith ~ Testify that he has faith

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Narrated Abu-Sa’eed Al-Khudri(may Allah be pleased with him): ‘The Messenger of Allah (May Allah exalt his mention and protect him from imperfection) said: “When you see a man frequenting the mosque constantly, testify that he has faith. Allah said: “The Mosques of Allah shall be maintained only by those who believe in Allah and the Last Day, perform the prayer, and give zakat and fear none but Allah. It is they who are expected to be on true guidance.*” (9:18) (At-Termizi)

Riyaadiss-Saliheen (The Meadows of the Righteous) (Abridged)
By Imam An Nawawi Vol. (2)
Publisher: Dar Al-Manarah
ISBN: 977.6005.23.3
Chapiter 175, Page 717, Number 559