بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

اَلْحَمْدُ لِلّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِيْن،وَالصَّلاۃ وَالسَّلامُ عَلَی النَّبِیِّ الْکَرِيم وَعَلیٰ آله وَاَصْحَابه اَجْمَعِيْن۔

The Excellence of Dying in the Sacred Precincts of Makkah and Madinah

Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with them) narrated:“While a man was at 'Arafat (for Hajj) with Allah's Apostle (PBUH) he fell down from his Mount and broke his neck (and died). So Allah's Apostle (PBUH) said, "Wash him with water and cider (Ber) and shroud him in two pieces of cloth and neither perfume him nor cover his head, for Allah will resurrect him on the Day of Resurrection and he will be saying 'Labbaik.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

Allah will resurrect a man who dies in the state of Ihram to perform Hajj while he will be reciting Talbiyah so as to show that the person died as a pilgrim in the same manner a martyr will be resurrected while blood will be oozing from his wounds to that his very appearance would identify him as a martyr.  In view of other narrations in this regard, it may, however, be asserted that if a person dies after having entered Ihram for performing Umrah, he/she will also receive the same honour in sha Allah.

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: “Whoever goes out for the Hajj pilgrimage and dies, then the reward of Hajj will be written for him until the Day of Resurrection. Whoever goes out for the Umrah pilgrimage and dies, then the reward of Umrah will be written for him until the Day of Resurrection. Whoever goes out for military service and dies, then the reward of military service will be written for him until the Day of Resurrection.”(Ibn Majah)

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said:“Whoever dies in either of the two sanctuaries (of Makkah and Madinah) will be resurrected in peace on the Day of Judgment and whosoever visits Madinah expecting reward will be my neighbour on the Day of Judgment.” (Sho’ab al-Iman by al-Baihaqi) Though authenticity of the narration is criticized by some scholars yet we do hope that all those who lost their life in the recent crane accident will surely be in peace on the Day of Judgment and will be granted abode in Jannat al-Firdous.

Abdullah ibn’Umar (may Allah be pleased with them) reported from the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) that he said: “Whoever can manage to die in Madinah, let him die there, for I will intercede for whoever dies there.”

Mohammad Najeeb Qasmi (www.najeebqasmi.com)