The Prophet's (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) reprimand
on the Sahabah's Laughing
Once, the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) came to the musjid
for Salaat, where he noticed some people laughing and giggling.
"If you remembered your death, I would not see you like
this. Think of your death often. Not a single day passes when
the grave does not call out: 'I am a wilderness', I am a place
of dust, I am a place of worms'. When a Mo'min is laid in the
grave, it says; 'Welcome to you. It is good of you to have come
into me. Of all the people walking on the earth, I liked you best.
Now that you have come into me, you will see how I entertain
you'. It then expands as far as the occupant can see. A door from
Paradise is opened for him in the grave and, through this door,
he gets the fresh and fragrant air of Paradise. But when an evil
man is laid in the grave it says; 'No word of welcome for you.
Your coming into me is very bad for you.
Of all the persons walking on the earth, I disliked you most.
Now that you have been made over to me, you will see how I treat
you!' It then closes upon him so much that his ribs of one side
penetrate into the ribs of the other. As many as seventy serpents
are then set upon him, to keep biting him till the Day of Resurrection.
These serpents are so venomous that if one of them happened to
spurt its venom upon the earth, not a single blade of grass would
After this, the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) said:
"The grave is either a garden of Paradise or a pit of Hell."
Fear of Allah is the basic and essential qualification of a Muslim.
The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) advised the believers to
remember death, off and on, and to keep the fear of Allah ever present
in their hearts.
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