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Consoling the deceased’s family

Question

What is the authenticity of this du’a for ta’ziyah (consoling the family of the deceased):

Inna lillahi ma akhadha wa lahu ma a’ta wa kullu shay-in ‘indahu bi ajalim musamma

 

Answer

This narration is recorded in Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim. It is therefore authentic.

Sayyidah Zaynab (radiyallahu ‘anha) once sent for Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) as one of her sons where in the throes of death. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) sent his greetings and the following message:

انَّ لِلَّهِ مَا أَخَذَ وَلَهُ مَا أَعْطَى وَكُلُّ شَيْءٍ عِنْدَهُ بِأَجَلٍ مُسَمًّى

Inna lillahi ma akhadha wa lahu ma a’ta wa kullu shay-in ‘indahu bi ajalim musamma (Whatever Allah takes is His, and whatever He gives is His and everything has an appointed time)

فَمُرْهَا فَلْتَصْبِرْ وَلْتَحْتَسِبْ

(So order her to be patient and anticipate rewards)

 

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 1284, 7377, 7448, Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 923)

 

See the full Hadith here.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar