English translation of Maktubat Imam Rabbani (selective 100) | Mujaddid Alf sani | Sheikh Ahmad sirhindi
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This letter, written to the Qadis of Perkana, offers condolence.
The sorrow felt for the death of the marhum [Deceased and admitted to Allah's mercy.] Hadrat (exalted person) is very severe, very poignant; but the slave has no other way than acquiesce in the doings of his owner. Man is not created for a constant abode in this world. We are created to work in the world. We must work! There is no reason for apprehension for a person who has worked, earned, and then died. In fact, such a death means to come into great fortune. Death is like a bridge; it brings lovers together. Death is not a disaster. But it is a disaster not to know what you will encounter after death. We must help the deceased and rescue them by saying prayers and istighfar for them, by giving alms for them. Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alaihi wassallam) declared, "The state of a deceased person in the grave is like that of a person who has fallen into the sea and is crying for help. As a person who is about to drown awaits a savior, so the deceased person yearns for the arrival of prayers from his parents, brothers and friends. Any prayer coming to him delights him more than if the whole world were given to him. Through the prayers of the living, Allahu ta'ala gives the deceased rahmats like mountains. The present to be given to the deceased by the living is to say prayers and istighfar for them."
[Du'a (prayer) means to ask. It is like a hungry man's asking for food when he has an appetite. It is very useful to do khatm-i tahlil for a person who has died with iman, that is, to say the kalima-i tawhid seventy thousand times and present the thawab to his soul. But we are in such a time that very few people die with iman. It is written in Maqamat-i Mazhariyya, "A hadith ash-Sharif declares: 'If a person says the kalima-i tawhid seventy thousand times for himself or for someone else, his (or the other person's) sins will be forgiven.' Hadrat Mazhar-i Jan-i Janan 'qaddas-Allahu sirrah ul'aziz' was sitting near a prostitute's grave, when he turned his tawajjuh to the grave, [that is, concentrated upon it without thinking of anything else]. He said, 'There is Hell fire in this grave. I doubt if the woman has iman. I shall present the thawab of Khatm-i tahlil to her soul. She will be forgiven if she has iman.' After presenting the thawab of khatm-i tahlil, he said: 'Al- hamdulillah, she has iman. The kalima-i tayyiba has taken effect, and she has been forgiven." It is stated in Manahij-ul-'ibad, "The Kalima-i-tawhid is said seventy thousand times by one person or by a number of people." It is stated in the hundred and twentieth letter of Makatib-i-Sharifa, "The Khatm-i-tahlil is very useful to living people, too." It is written in a book of fatwa, which occupies the number 520 of the Ibrahim Effendi 'rahmat-ullahi 'alaih' section in the library of Sulaimaniya, "Prayers must be said silently. It is ignorance (for an imam) to say prayers together with the jamaat after the Friday prayer. It is bidat for a preacher to say prayers aloud (and have all the listeners say amin) after his preaching is over. No report has come from the Salaf-i salihin (that such things must be done). Such practices have been assimilated from Jews and Christians."]