A few weeks ago I attended a funeral of a young lady of 37 years who passed away suddenly of a heart-attack. Besides being the funeral of a muslim sister it became more my duty to do so on account of her once being my immediate neighbour.
However this funeral was a bit different. To begin with there was no text message on my phone announcing the funeral unlike text messages announcing other funerals that we get almost daily.
At the Musjid where her Janaazah salaah was performed there was no special Duaa made for her after the Fard salaah as opposed to with other funerals. The Janaazah salaah itself was attended by a handful of people, mostly by the congregation that was present for that particular salaah, who drained out of the musjid after the Janaazah salaah.
And then most heart-rending was the sight at the graveyard. Hands were needed to assist in carrying the bier to the grave. Even when the last car had arrived there still weren’t enough people to carry the bier.
At the end the conclusion to this sad and deplorable state of affairs was glaring and obvious. The deceased did not come from a prominent family and neither was she wealthy. In my years of being her neighbour I first hand witnessed the poverty of this family.
*The truth be told, this is the reality of the Ummah today. The attendance of the funeral of a poor person is given no importance.* It is money that governs our lives to the extent that even funerals are attended on this basis. I am not sure if people are waiting for the loose change to fall out from the side pockets of the kafan.
*In this world you are Mr Somebody or Mr Nobody.* Your financial standing determines this. Luckily in the sight of Allah Ta’ala this is not His criterion.
As I stood at the graveside of this young girl I remembered a hadeeth of our beloved Nabi Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam where he said:
“Allah Almighty loves from among His creatures the purest, the unknown and the innocent ones; those whose heads are not combed, whose faces are dusty and whose stomachs are empty; those who are not allowed to enter the courts of the leaders and the kings; and are rejected if they should ask the hand of wealthy girls. If they are absent nobody would ask about them and once they appear no one is pleased to see them; when these people become sick no one visits them and once they die none attends their funerals.”
The Prophet was then asked: How can we meet one of them O Messenger of Allah? He said: One such person is Uways Al Qarani. The Companions asked: And who is Uways Al Qarani? He said: A wide eyed white person, broad shouldered, with a straight built body. He always has his beard close to his bosom, with his eyes fixed on the place of his prostration, putting his right hand on his left hand, reciting the Quran and weeping upon himself. He has dirty clothes and no one cares for him. He is unknown on earth but well known in heaven. If he swears upon Allah, Allah will surely fulfil his oath. Under his left shoulder he has a white brilliant spot.
On the Day of Judgement it will be said to the slaves of Allah: Enter Paradise, and Uways will be told: Stop here to make intercession. Then Allah will make him intercede in favour a large number of people, equivalent to the tribes of Rabiah and Muddar. O Umar and you Ali, if you should meet him ask him to seek forgiveness of Allah for you; for Allah will surely forgive you.*
This hadeeth become the source of my comfort and consolation as I exited the graveyard after Duaa for the deceased. Alhamdullilaah He has not made wealth the yardstick to measure our standing in His sight!