Prophet Muhammed and the General agonies of death
Mohamad Mostafa Nassar
Why didn’t Allah save Muhammad and he let him die by a painful death, while Jesus was saved (according to Quran only) and He is alive in heaven? Isn’t this proof that Jesus was someone more than just a human prophet, like the Quran claims?
“Every soul will taste death.” Quran (3:185)
The question reflects a very high level of ignorance, hypocrisy, misinformation, and double standards, it says: Jesus was saved (according to Quran) while misinterpret the Quranic verses to accommodate and justify for the questioner’s own belief.
Note: If the questioner’s loved ones died by cancer, or under a train that would not ask this question.
IF you were a Christian here is the Insanity of ChrInsanity
Corrupted ChrINSANITY, worship dead God that was killed horribly and certainly a very painful death by bashing, nailing and Crucifixion , think that God became human, killed, bashed by his creation to experience the human Life.Does God need to do all of that nonsense what for? To learn or show us? In Islam God send messengers and prophets which is very logical and plausible.
According to the blasphemous corrupted ChrInsanity Prophet Jesus is their God who was NOT saved from the Horrible humiliating very painful torture, and death by his own creation, MADNESS.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Never Died Because Of Lying About Allah, But He Was Given Choice To Stay Alive Or Pass Away Video
This means that the question that the questioner is asking us logically is a faulty question
Nowhere in the Qur’an or the Authentic Sunnah states that, Prophet died a VERY painful death, all the humans die and go through the general agonies of death, according to Islam people dying differ based on whether they died Muslims or Not.
Illness, suffering the general agonies of death in Islam can mean that Allah loves his Slave and wants to either cleanses him/her from sins, therefore such illness and being patient about it generates rewards from Allah which wipes out the previous bad deeds.
Also, for pious Muslims who have minimal sins and certainly for our beloved Prophet such general agonies of death are an increase of ranks in Paradise, more rewards for their patience.
According to the Glorious Holy Qur’an, Prophet Isa (Jesus) son of Maryam was also a human born out of miraculous virgin birth to his revered mum Maryam.
If you read the Qur’an, you’ll notice that it concentrates on the importance of the hereafter compared to this life more times than you can count.
“Even though the Hereafter is far better and more lasting.” Quran (87:17)
“The Hereafter is far better for those mindful ˹of Allah˺. And none of you will be wronged ˹even by the width of˺ the thread of a date stone.” Quran (4:77)
“And the next life is certainly far better for you than this one” Quran (93:4)
That’s why the hadith says when the angel asked the Prophet if he wants to stay in this world or die, he chose to go to his lord.
When the Prophet (ﷺ) was healthy, he used to say, “No soul of a prophet is captured till he is shown his place in Paradise and then he is given the option.” When death approached him while his head was on my thigh, he became unconscious and then recovered his consciousness. He then looked at the ceiling of the house and said, “O Allah! (with) the highest companions.” I said (to myself), “Hence, he is not going to choose us.” Then I realized that what he had said was the application of the narration which he used to mention to us when he was healthy. The last word he spoke was, “O Allah! (with) the highest companion.”
Reference : Sahih al-Bukhari 4463 In-book reference : Book 64, Hadith 479
- Prophet Mohamed (pbuh) did not have a Very painful death but general agonies of death. In fact, he was given a choice whether to remain on earth longer or to join the other messengers in heaven. He chose heaven as above-mentioned.
- Prophet Jesus had to be saved and not killed on the cross because his job is not yet done. And he shall return by Allah order as a sign of pre-judgement day in Islam
- Prophet Jesus has another job pending on earth – to defeat dajjal or the anti-Christ. Notice that Dajjal is the anti-Christ, not anti-Prophet Mohamed, or anti-Prophet Moses, so it is Prophet Jesus who must get rid of him.
- There is nothing to show that Prophet Jesus is anything other than human. If he made miracles, so did other messengers of God, such as Prophet Muhammed, Prophet Moses, and Prophet Abraham. Prophet Jesus ate human food and needed air and water to live. He himself kept saying that he is the son of man.
- He is no different from Adam. In fact, the creation of Adam is more miraculous because Adam did not have a mother or father. If anyone deserves to be called a son of God, it should be Adam. But even Adam is not the son of God.
“Indeed, the example of Jesus in the sight of Allah is like that of Adam. He created him from dust, then said to him, “Be!” And he was! “Quran (3:59)
- Prophet Jesus is not the only prophet that was saved or is alive. Quran mentions at least 4, two of which live on Earth and two of which don’t.
- Going through pain or not going through pain does not define who is better and who is worse. In fact, according to Islamic teachings, those who go through pain generally have a higher standing in the eyes of God. Make sure to read to the end of the article to understand.
Note: If the questioner’s loved ones died by cancer, or under a train that would not ask this question.
- There is no record that the death of the Prophet Muhammad was VERY painful, per se. In fact, there are tons of Hadith from the prophet and his companions that death to them is sweeter than honey. Sahih al-Bukhari 4463
Also Here is another Hadith:
Hadith No: 455
Narrated/Authority of Abu Said Al-KhudriThe Prophet delivered a sermon and said, “Allah gave a choice to one of (His) slaves either to choose this world or what is with Him in the Hereafter. He chose the latter.” Abu Bakr wept. I said lo myself, “Why is this Sheikh weeping, if Allah gave choice to one (of His) slaves either to choose this world or what is with Him in the Here after and he chose the latter?”
And that slave was Allah’s Apostle himself. Abu Bakr knew more than us. The Prophet said, “O Abu Bakr! Don’t weep. The Prophet added: Abu- Bakr has favored me much with his property and company. If I were to take a Khalil from mankind I would certainly have taken Abu Bakr but the Islamic brotherhood and friendship is sufficient. Close all the gates in the mosque except that of Abu Bakr.
- Even assuming all questioner’s claim was true, i.e. and that Prophet Muhammed died painfully and Jesus was saved and taken to heaven, that actually proves that Allah Exalted He is raising Prophet Muhammed’s ranks since Our Beloved Prophet is our role model in patience, while he was going through the general agonies of death, still he was teaching us and advising us to be better Muslims.
- A person who fears the general agonies of death he would love to go back to life and avoid such general agonies of death. Despite that Prophet Muhammed chose to leave this world when was given the choice to stay in this world as per the above-mentioned authentic hadith.
Agony of death in Islam
Agony of death (sakr al-mawt) means unconscious state of a person who is about to die. Materials which cause drowsiness in one’s mind are generally called “muskir” or “musakkir”. That word is also used to mean agony, love, sorrow, heedlessness, or faint caused by a pain, and that state is called “sakr”, which is what we also mean here.
That is to say; what is meant with “sakarat” which is the plural form of “sakr” is the agony and fainting when one is about to die.
Accordingly, “sakarat al-mawt” which is a Quranic term means “unconsciousness when one is about to die, which signals one’s death.”
As we all know, death is the soul’s leaving the body, and death causes agony. As a matter of fact, it is stated in a Quranic verse that sakarat al-mawt will find those who escape from death, sooner or later. (al-Qaf, 50/19).
As narrated from Hazrat Aisha, there was always a cup of water by the Prophet’s side during his last sickness. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) used to dip his blessed hand into water and rub it onto his face and say: “There is no god but Allah. There is agony of death, for sure.”
Then he raised his hands and said “to Rafiqu’l-A’la” (the highest abode) until his soul was taken away and his hands fell down. (Bukhari, Riqaq, 42).
In another hadith narrated from Hazrat Aisha, after dipping his hand into water and wetting his face, the Messenger of Allah (pbuh), raised his hands and prayed: “My Allah, help me in agony and unconsciousness of death.”
(Ibn Majah, Janaiz, 64; Tirmidhi, Janaiz, 8).
Hazrat Aisha narrates: “Having seen the agony the Prophet suffered while dying, I will not envy anyone’s easy death.” (Tirmidhi, Dead, 8). In another narration, Hazrat Aisha said: “The Messenger of Allah died on my chest. Having seen it with the Messenger of Allah, I will not consider the severity of death bad for anyone.” (Nasai, Dead, 6).
They are the realities of ghayb (unseen), which living people cannot know, that angels appear to anyone at the time of death and tell them their place in the hereafter, the agony of death and what happens in that state.
A true believer must believe in all information about the realities of ghayb=unseen given to them by Allah and His Messenger. Every Muslim must believe in all situations informed to them in certainty. Otherwise, they will risk their faith.
It is stated in the religious sources that people who are on the straightway while they are alive, that is, who believe and comply with prohibitions attentively will experience an easy death and Angel of Death will treat them gently.
And those who live a life contrary to it will experience a violent death and the Angel of Death will treat those people, who have spent their lives in infidelity, rebel, and evil deeds, harshly.
However, it is not an unchangeable rule. Sometimes while beloved slaves of Allah die in agony, those who spent their lives rebelling against Allah die easily.
Prophet Moses and death:
As a matter of fact, the agony the Messenger of Allah suffered during dying was very severe. After Prophet Moses’ soul was taken away, Allah asked him how he found death; he said: “I felt like a sparrow being fried in a pan; neither does it die so that it will rest, nor can it escape so that it can fly away.”
It signals that death can sometimes be harsh for the beloved slaves of Allah. And according to another narration, Moses said: “like a sheep being skinned at the hands of a butcher.” (See: Hasan Idwi, Mashariq, Egypt, 1316, p.15).
Although the Prophet (pbuh) said that people who had little sins would die easily and that there would be no fear or hardship for true believers who uttered the expression of “tawhid” at the time of death (Munziri, at-Targhib wa’t-Tarhib, 2/416-417).
What is the reason of the severe agony those people, whom the Quran informed that their lives after death will be at the highest level of bliss, suffered at the time of death?
Islamic scholars have said that the reasons why people suffer at the time of death are different from each other. (See Hasan Idwi, ibid., 40). Accordingly, the reason of severe sakarat al-mawt is one of the four reasons below:
1- Allah makes those whose spiritual level He wants to increase more suffer at the time of death. This is the reason why the agonies of Prophets and saintly slaves of Allah suffer are so severe. As they endure the agony of death patiently, their level in the eyes of Allah increases.
For this reason, none of the eminent people complained about the agony of death; and they always prayed Allah to increase their levels.
2- Allah makes the agony of death severe for people whose sins He wants to forgive, as ransom for their sins. A true believer will have a remuneration for all pains and agonies suffers in life, even the pain caused by a thorn pricked on his foot, and as this remuneration will be the forgiveness of a sin in case, he does not have any sins, he will be gaining thawab (Tirmidhi, Janaiz, 1); of course, the agony of death will not be in vain.
Hazrat Umar ibn Al-Khattab, who comprehended that truth, said: “If something from a believer’s sins he committed in life still remains – after repentance – Allah makes the agony of death severe for him. Eventually, his soul enters Heaven.
And if an infidel did something good in life, Allah makes the agony of death easy for him, as remuneration for his good deeds, and sends him to Hell as he took the remuneration of his good deeds in life.”
If there are any unbelievers who die easily, we should not emulate them; we should emulate those who will have a peaceful life after death. As a matter of fact, remuneration for unbelievers is pain in this world, while remuneration for believers is paid both in this world and the other world.
Allah the Glorious orders Muslims not to be surprised by the abundance unbelievers live in and emulate it Quran (at-Tawbah 9:55). We do not emulate unbelievers who die easily; besides it rarely happens.
Generally, their agony starts with death. Angels make them suffer while taking away their souls. As it will be explained later in this article, it is just the beginning of their agony.
Umar b. Abdulaziz (v. 101/720), who comprehended that agony of death will be a ransom for a believer’s sins, says: “I do not want that agony of death be eased for me, I do not desire it because, it is the last ransom which covers a believer’s sins and increases his level.” (Ibn Hajar, Fathu’l-bari, 11/365).
In addition to a believer’s agony of death compensating for his sins, angels will give him the good news and treat him gently, allowing him into happiness of reaching Allah. And the believer will not feel the agony of death within the happiness of reaching Allah.
It is like that in life too. When one has remuneration for something he achieved going through many difficulties, he forgets the difficulties he had right away as if he had never experienced them.
3- Some of the ones whose agony of death is severe are tested once more at the last moment of their life on earth, which is totally a place of examination, and they are put through the last trial. That is to say, the reason why they suffer at the time of death is testing and trying. Of course, they will get their remuneration eventually.
4- There are people whose agony of death is harsh because it is the beginning of their punishment; they are unbelievers and cruel, unfair people who have not had the honor of believing in life and always occupied themselves with evil deeds.
The Quran depicts their state as follows: “the angels stretch forth their hands, (saying),”Yield up your souls: this day shall ye receive your reward, – a penalty of shame, for that ye used to tell lies against God, and scornfully to reject of His signs!” Quran (Al-An’am 6:93).
The verse states that unbelievers and cruel, unfair people will suffer while dying. “Angels’ stretching forth their hands” as stated in the verse means their beating them, which was sent down for idolaters who attended the Battle of Badr.
Yet its judgment is for all infidels as it can be seen clearly in the following verse: “If thou couldst see, when the angels take the souls of the Unbelievers (at death), (How) they smite their faces and their backs, (saying): “Taste the penalty of the blazing Fire!” Quran (al-Anfal 8:50).
The Quran interpreters (commentators) have said that the beating stated in the verse means torment. The torment in the form of beating lasts until their souls leave their bodies.
What is meant by saying “yield up your souls” is this: Angels tell them they will have punishment, torment, thirst, handcuffs and chains, Hell and boiling water and Allah’s wrath.
Then their souls separate into pieces and hesitate to leave their bodies. Then angels beat those unbelievers until their souls leave their bodies, saying “yield up your souls!”. It means “let your souls out of your bodies”.
And they say you will be punished with insulting torment today because you denied Allah and you were too arrogant to obey His verses and to comply with His Messengers in life. In this way, their suffering becomes more and more severe, just like water covers up one drowning in it so too are they covered with fear and beating.
Allah knows best.