بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم، أما بعد.

What follows are benefits from a great Hadith; the Hadith narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim:

“The daughter of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم sent (a messenger) to him (saying): ‘My child is dying, so come to us.’

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم sent (the messenger back) conveying his greeting of Salam and saying: ‘To Allah belongs that which He takes and that which He gives and everything with Him has an appointed time. So she should be patient and seek reward (from Allah).’

She sent  (again) for him swearing that he should come to her. So he got up and went, accompanied by Sa’d bin ‘Ubadah, Muadh bin Jabal, Ubayy bin Ka’b, Zaid bin Thabit and some other men. The child was lifted up to the Messenger of Allahصلى الله عليه وسلم, he made him sit on his lap, while his breath was disturbed in his chest. (On seeing that), the eyes of the Prophet started shedding tears.

Sa’d said: ‘O Messenger of Allah! What is this?’ He replied: ‘It is a mercy which Allah has placed in the hearts of His slaves, verily Allah shows mercy to those among His slaves who are merciful (to others)’.”

Points of benefit from this Hadith:

* The scholars mentioned that the daughter is Zaynab since that is what came in a narration in Mussannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah.

* No matter who you are, no matter who you are the son or daughter of, you will face calamities, and you will face death.

* The believer shouldn’t panic when his loved ones die, and he should remember that Allah took what is His.

* The obligation of being patient.

* Importance of remembering  and acting upon Tawheed of Ruboobiyah.

* One should seek reward by being patient. This is the difference between the patience of the those who are far from the Deen and the patience of the believers.

* Patience requires intention and the one who intends other than Allah is not rewarded.

* Everything is pre decreed by Allah, and it all has a fixed, limited time.

* The virtue of the Sahabah is seen in how they used to be around the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم

* Sa’d thought that  this crying (at the death of a loved one) is Haram so he asked, and this shows that you should ask the scholar about what you don’t understand.

* Crying and shedding tears is not Haram, neither is it Makrooh, unless it comes with wailing, shouting or beating ones self up, then it is Haram.

* Shedding tears is a mercy that Allah put in the hearts of His slaves, although that is if it is done in a permissible way.

* How merciful the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم is.

* It shows how women need men around them at the time of hardship, especially those whom they love and trust.

* The permissibility of swearing that someone would do something.

* The recommendation of doing that which someone swore you would do, if it’s not Haram nor it prevents from doing what is obligatory (wajib).

* Those who are merciful from amongst the believers are those who are close to the mercy of Allah; the mercy of Allah reaches them every day and night and on the day of judgement. As for those who are harsh and not merciful they are far from this mercy of Allah

* The mercy of the slaves resides in the heart, and not the brain.

* Allah is the One who guides the people to be merciful.

* One should remind the people to be patient and seek reward at such times of calamity.

* The permissibility of visits at such times, rather it is recommended for it brings relaxation to the person who is about to lose someone they love.

* One should visit those who are dying even if they are younger than him.

* Great encouragement is shown, to be merciful towards others.

No doubt this Hadith has many more benefits that my sins prevent me from reaching.

May Allah give us mercy and put it in our hearts, and may He show mercy to us in the Dunya and in the Akhira.

والله أعلم وصلى الله وسلم على رسوله