The Veiling: Wisaal of Rasulullah (ﷺ)
At the time of the passing of Rasulullah (ﷺ), Sayyida Fatimah was saw the great pain that afflicted her father. She exclaimed in the highest form of empathy: “What great pain my father is in!” The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) remarked: “He will not suffer any more when today is over.”
He asked that Al-Hasan and Al-Hussain be brought to him. He kissed them and they began to cry. He told his companions to always respect and look after his innocent boys. He then asked to see his wives who were brought to him and reminded to remember Allah. He began to cry, so Bibi Ummi Qulsum asked why he was crying. The Prophet of Mercy replied that he was weeping for his ummah as to what their condition would be after him.
The pain grew so severe that the trace of poison he had at Khaibar came to light. He said to Sayyida Aishah: “I still feel the painful effect of that food I tasted at Khaibar. I feel as if death is approaching.” He ordered the people to perform the prayers and be attentive to the weak. [Bukhari 2/637]
“So he brushed (siwak) his teeth as nice as he could.” There was a water container available at his hand with some water in. He put his hand in it and wiped his face with it and said: “There is no god but Allah. Death is full of agonies.”
As soon as he had finished his siwak, brushing, he raised his hand or finger up, looked upwards to the ceiling and moved his lips. Sayyida Aishah listened to him and heard him say: “With those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace with the Prophets and the Truthful (as-Siddiqin), the martyrs and the good doers. O Allah, forgive me and have mercy upon me and join me to the Companionship on high.” Then at intervals he uttered these words: “The most exalted Companionship on high. To Allah we turn and to Him we turn back for help and last abode.” This took place at early morning time on Monday, the 12th of Rabi’ al-Awwal, in the eleventh year of hijra. He was sixty-three years old. [Bukhari 2/638-641]
“And call not those who are slain in the way of Allah dead. Nay, they are living, only ye perceive not.” [2:154] ‘Think not of those who are slain in Allah’s Way as dead. Nay, they are alive, finding their sustenance in the Presence of their Lord’ [3:169]
The great Scholar Shah Muhadith Abdul Haq Delhwi mentions in regards to these ayahs, ‘There is no death for the Ambiya (AS). They are alive and existing. For them is that one death that has come only once. After this, their souls are put back into their bodies and the life that they had on Earth is given back to them. As such, the blessed soul of Rasulullah (ﷺ) is alive in his grave and is aware of our deeds and actions; it is only we who are veiled from him.
In Sahih Hadith narrated by Hadrat Abu Darda (R): ‘Who ever sends durood upon me, it is presented before me as soon as he finishes.’ Hadrat Abu Darda asked: ‘Is this also the case after death?’ The Prophet (ﷺ) replied: ‘The Earth has been prohibited by Allah to eat the bodies of the Prophets’ [Ibn Majah]. In another Hadith Rasulullah (ﷺ) mentions: “Whoever recites Durood at my grave, I hear it myself. And who ever recites it from a distance, Angels present them to me.”
In every prayer we send greetings directly to Rasulullah (ﷺ) when we recite At-Tahiyat. And then we ask Allah to shower him and his family with peace and blessings when we recite Durood-e-Ibrahim. So we should take extra care to always be in a state full of love and respect to our Beloved Prophet (ﷺ) since it is reported that Sayyiduna Rasulullah (ﷺ) was once asked about those who read the Durood Shareef after he had passed away. He replied, “I listen personally to the Durood Shareef of those who love me, while the Durood Shareef of others is presented to me.”[Al Qolul Badi]
Abundant prayers and salutations of Allah be upon our Prophet Sayyidinah Muhammad and his blessed family!