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The earth and heaven weep when a Believer passes away

Question

What is the authenticity of the following narration and is it suitable to quote?

Sa’id bin Jubayr said, “A man came to Ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) and said to him: ‘O Aba ‘Abbas, Allah says, ‘And the heavens and the earth wept not for them, nor were they given respite’, Do the heavens and the earth weep for anybody?’ He replied, ‘Yes’, everyone has a gate in the heavens through which his provision comes down and his good deeds ascend. When the believer dies, that gate is closed; it misses him and weeps for him, and the place of prayer on earth where he used to pray and remember Allah also weeps for him. But the people of Fir’awn left no trace of righteousness on the earth and they had no good deeds that ascended to Allah, so the heavens and the earth did not weep for them.'”

 

Answer

Imam Ibn Jarir At Tabari and Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahumallah) have recorded this narration.

(Tafsir Tabari; Jami’ul Bayan, Surah Dukhan, Verse: 29, Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 3018)

 

The narration is corroborated and suitable to quote.

(Refer: Tafsir Ibn Kathir and Ad Durrul Manthur, Surah: Dukhan, Verse: 29)

 

Also see: Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 3255

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar