Shaykhul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (raḥimahullâh) was asked about a Christian woman whose husband is a Muslim.
Question: She (the Christian woman) died while being seven months pregnant. Is she to be buried with the Muslims or with the Christians?
Answer: She is not to be buried in the graveyard of the Muslims nor in the graveyard of the Christians. That is because there is a Muslim and a Kāfir united together (in her). Therefore the Kāfir is not to be buried with the Muslims and the Muslim is not to be buried with the Kuffār. Rather she is to be buried by herself and her back is to be turned to the Qiblah (direction of prayer, which is Makkah). That is because the face of the child (in the womb of the mother) is (facing) towards her back. Therefore if she is buried like that, the face of the Muslim child (in her womb) is facing towards the Qiblah. Also the child is considered to be a Muslim due to the Islam of his father even if his mother is a Kāfirah according to the consensus of the scholars. Continue reading
The Noble Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan (may Allah preserve him) stated:
When you reach the morning, don’t delay the action (of good) until the night and you say: ‘I’ll do this action tonight’, rather hasten with it and do it. Perhaps you won’t reach the night. And when you reach the night, don’t delay the action (of good) and seeking repentance until the morning. Perhaps you won’t reach the morning. You do not have anything for you except the time that you are in, therefore hasten (to do good) and don’t delay (doing) the good deeds, repentance and seeking forgiveness to another time.
Source: Al-Minhah Ar-Rabbaaniyyah, pg. 286-287 Continue reading
The Noble Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen stated:
It is befitting for the person to always remember death. Not based upon the matter of separating from the loved ones, because this is (being) short sighted. Rather it is based upon the matter of separating from the (performance of good) actions and the harvesting (of good) for the hereafter. Continue reading
Ibraaheem bin Aadam (may Allah have mercy upon him) was passing by the market place of al-Basrah and the people gathered around him and said: “Oh father of Ishaaq, why is it that we supplicate but our supplications are not answered?” He said: “That’s because your hearts have died by way of 10 things!” They said: “What are they?!”
(1) You know Allah but you haven’t fulfilled His right (over you).
(2) You claimed you love the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), then you abandoned his Sunnah.
(3) You have read/recited the Qur’aan but you didn’t implement it.
(4) You have eaten (from) the favor of Allah (upon you) but didn’t fulfill showing gratitude for it.
(5) You said: Indeed the Shaytaan is your enemy but you agreed with him (by obeying him when he calls you to do evil).
(6) You said: Indeed the Paradise is the truth but you didn’t work for it.
(7) You said: Indeed the Hell-Fire is true, but you didn’t flee from it.
(8) You said: Indeed death is true but you didn’t prepare for it.
(9) You woke up from the (state of) sleeping and busied yourself with the faults of the people leaving off your own faults.
(10) You buried your dead but didn’t take a lesson from them. Continue reading