Death of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) - A Great Calamity for the Muslims
It is certain that every living being on the face of the earth will taste Death, be it an ordinary Human Being or the Messenger/Prophet of Allah Almighty. Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him) is the greatest personality that was sent by Allah on earth and a great personality like him was also destined to live for a certain time period in this world. Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an:
“Muhammad is no more than a Messenger, and indeed (many) Messengers have passed away before him. If he dies or is killed, will you then turn back on your heels (as disbelievers)? And he who turns back on his heels, not the least harm will he do to Allah, and Allah will give reward to those who are grateful.” [Al-Qur’an 3:144]
The Death of Muhammad (PBUH) was a greatest catastrophe for entire Muslim Ummah (Nation). It really was the greatest loss to the Muslims and mankind as whole.
Muhammad’s (PBUH) symptoms of Farewell:
The time when the call to the Devine religion Islam was completed and it dominated the world. The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) began to develop certain serious symptoms which were quite apparent from His statements and deeds:
- The words he spoke in his farewell pilgrimage, “I do not know whether I will ever meet you at this place after this year.”
- The Qur’an was reviewed twice not once by Angel Jibreel with Muhammad (PBUH) in the year he died.
- In the early days of the month “Safar” (Islamic month), the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him) went to offer a farewell prayer to the martyrs. It seemed as if he was saying one last final good bye to the dead and the living.
- During the month of Ramadan he observed I’tikaf (privatized/secluded himself) for twenty instead of ten days.
On another occasion He (PBUH) said:
“I am to precede you and I have been made witness upon you. By Allah, you will meet me at the Hawd (Tank) very soon. I have been given the key of treasures of the earth or the keys of the earth. By Allah, I do not fear for you a return to polytheism after me, but I do fear that you will compete with each other in acquiring worldly riches.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)
Muhammad (PBUH) takes His last breath:
As soon as it felt to Prophet (PBUH) that the death is about to arrive, Aishah (R.A), the wife of Prophet, who was sitting next to him all of a sudden leaned him against herself. Aishah (R.A) always used to say that one of the greatest favors to me by Allah was that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) died in my house, while I was still alive.
She said that he died while he was leaning against me. Abdur Rahman bin Abu Bakr (R.A) came in with a Siwak in his hand. Aishah (R.A) observed that Prophet (PBUH) was looking at the Siwak. So she asked him “Would you like me to take it for you?” He replied in agreement.
So she took the Siwak and gave it to him after softening it with her saliva as it was too hard for him to take. On this very moment she said, “Allah (SWT) has mixed Muhammad’s (PBUH) saliva with mine.”
The condition of Prophet (PBUH) was getting worse as the time was passing and on this occasion He said:
“There is no God but Allah. Death is full of agonies.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)
The moment He finished brushing His teeth with Siwak, he raised his finger up and looked at the heavens. Aishah (R.A) heard him saying:
“With those on whom you have bestowed your grace, with the Prophets and the Truthful ones, the martyrs and the good doers. O Allah, forgive me and have mercy upon me and join me to the most exalted Companionship on high.” (Ibid)
The last words “Most exalted companionship on high” were repeated by Him three times. At the very moment His hands came down and He was given what he wanted “the exalted companionship on high”.
The event of Prophet’s (PBUH) death took place on Monday morning, the twelfth (12th) of Rabi ul-Awwal, 11 A.H. The age at the time of his death was sixty three years and four days.
Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him) was a bright light for the entire Mankind specifically the Muslims and when he went, the light went. He was the last of the Prophets and no one will ever come after him till the Day of Judgment.
On an occasion Anas (R.A) said:
I have never witnessed a day better and brighter than that day in which Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) came to us; and I have never witnessed a more awful or darker day than the one in which Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) died.” (Mishkatul-Masabih)
A dark sorrow spread over all horizons and areas of Muslim Lands as it was a news no Muslim could handle.
“O Allah, let your blessings be upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, same as you have blessed Ibrahim and his family. Truly, you are praiseworthy and glorious.”