Brings a tear to ones eyes!!!!
The final days of the beloved of ALLAH, MUHAMMED (sallallaahu alaihi
The beginning of his Sickness:
On Monday 29th Safar 11ah, Nabi (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) participated
in a janaazah at Jannat AlBaqee’. On the way back he had a headache, his
temperature rose so high that the heat effect could be felt over his
turban. He led the Muslims for eleven days though he was sick.
The total number of his sick days was either thirteen or fourteen.
When his sickness grew severe he asked his wives: “Where shall I stay
tomorrow? Where shall I stay?”
They understood what he wanted. So they allowed him to stay wherever he
wished. He moved to Aishah’s (ra) room leaning – while he was walking – on
Fadl bin Abbas and Ali bin Abi Talib. Head banded as he was, he dragged
his feet till he came into her room. It was there that he spent the last
of his life.
During that period, Aishah used to read Al-Mu’awwidhat (Suras 113 & 114 of
the Quraan) and other supplications which he had already taught her.
Five days before death:
On Wednesday, five days before he died, his temperature rose extremely high
signalling the severeness of his disease. He fainted and suffered from
pain. He asked that 7 Qirab (water skin pots) be poured on him.
He was seated in a container (usually used for washing) and the water was
poured on him till he said: “That is enough. That is enough.”
Then he felt well enough to enter the Musjid. He entered it band headed,
sat on the pulpit and made a speech to the people who were gathering
together around him. He said: “The curse of Allah falls upon the Jews and
Christians, for they have made their Prophet’s tombs places of worship. Do
not make my tomb a worshipped idol.”
Then he offered himself and invited people to repay any injuries he might
have afflicted on them saying: “He whom I have ever lashed his back, I
offer him my back so that he may avenge himself on me. He whom I have ever
blasphemed his honour, here I am offering my honour so that he may avenge
Then he descended and performed the noon prayer. Again he returned to the
pulpit and sat on it. He resumed his first speech about enmity and some
A man then said: “You owe me 3 dirhams.”
Nabi (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Fadl, pay him the money.”
Then he gave some advices regarding the Ansaar. He also praised Abu Bakr
saying that if he had to choose friendship with anyone else besides
Allah, he would choose Abu Bakr.
Four days before death:
On Thursday, four days before the death of Nabi (sallallaahu alaihi
wasallam), he was suffering from severe pain. He spoke to the sahaba and
recommended three things:
1) Jews, Christians and Polytheists should be expelled out of Arabia.
2) He recommended that delegations should be honoured and entertained in a
similar way to the one he used to do.
3) As for the third, the narrator said that he had forgotten it. It could
have been adherence to the Quraan and Sunnah.
It was likely to be the accomplishment and mobilisation of Osamah’s army or
it could have been the performance of prayers and being attentive to
Up until that Thursday, Nabi (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) used to perform
all the prayers. On that day he led the sunset prayers and recited surah
77. In the evening he got so sick that he could not overcome the strain of
the disease or go out to enter the musjid.
He asked Hadrat Aishah (ra): “Have the people performed the prayer?”
She replied: “No. They are waiting for you.”
He then asked for some water. He washed and wanted to stand up, but he
fainted. When he came round he asked again: “Have the people prayed?” The
same sequence of events took place again and again for the second and third
times, where he fainted every time he attempted to stand up. He then sent
Abu Bakr (ra) to lead the prayer.
Abu Bakr (ra) then began to lead the prayers after that. He lead 17 salaah
altogether in the lifetime of Nabi (saw). A day or Two prior to death:
On Saturday, Nabi (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) felt that he was well
enough to perform the prayer. He went out leaning on two men in order to
perform the noon prayer. Abu Bakr (ra) who was about to lead the salaah
withdrew when he saw Nabi (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) coming, but Nabi
(sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) made a gesture to him to stay where he was
and asked that he be seated on the left of Abu Bakr (ra). Nabi sallallaahu
alaihi wasallam) then led the prayer and Abu Bakr followed him and raised
his voice at every Takbeer, so that the people may hear clearly.
A day before his death:
On Sunday, a day before he died, Nabi (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) set his
slaves free, paid as charity the seven dinars he owned and gave his
weapons as a present to the Muslims. So when night fell, Aishah (ra) had to
some oil from her neighbour to light her oil-lantern. Even his armour was
mortgaged by a Jew for 30 Sa’ (a cubic measure) of barley.
The Last Day:
While the Muslims were performing the dawn prayer on Monday – led by Abu
Bakr (ra) – they were surprised to see the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu
alaihi wasallam) raising the curtain of Aishah’s room.
He looked at them while they were praying aligned properly and smiled
Seeing him, Abu Bakr (ra) withdrew to join the saffs and give way to him to
lead the prayer, for he thought that Nabi (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam)
wanted to come out and pray. The Muslims who were praying were so delighted
that they were almost too enraptured at their prayers. Nabi (sallallaahu
alaihi wasallam) made a gesture at them to continue and went into the room
and drew down the curtain. Allah’s most beloved Nabi (sallallaahu alaihi
wasallam) did not live till the next prayer time.
During the day he called his daughter Faatimah (ra) and told her something
in a secret voice that made her cry. Then he whispered something else which
made her laugh.
Aishah (ra) enquired from her after the Prophet’s (sallallaahu alaihi
wasallam) death as to this weeping and laughing to which she replied: “The
first time he disclosed to me that he would not recover from this illness
and I wept. Then he told me that I would be the first of his family to
join him, so I laughed.”
He gave Faatimah (ra) glad tidings that she would become the lady of all
women in paradise. Faatimah (ra) witnessed the great pain that afflicted
her father, so she said: “What great pain my father is in.”
Nabi (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) remarked: “He will not suffer any more
pain when today is over.” He asked that Hasan and Husein (ra) be brought to
him. He kissed them and recommended that they be looked after. He asked to
see his wives. They were brought to him. He advised them and told them to
remember Allah. The pain grew so severe that the trace of the poison he had
at Khaibar came to light. He said to 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 their prayers and be
attentive to slaves. He repeated it several times.
Nabi (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) breathes his Last:
When the pangs of death started, Aishah (ra) leant him against her. Abdur
Rahman bin Abu Bakr (ra) came in with a miswaak. She saw him looking at
the miswaak. She asked him if he wanted it. He nodded in agreement. It
was too hard for him. So she softened it with her saliva and passed it on
his teeth. There was a water container available at his hand with water in
it. He put his hand in it and wiped his face and said: “There is no God
but Allah. Death is full of agonies.”
As soon as he finished his siwaak (brushing), he raised his finger up,
looked upwards towards the ceiling and moved his lips. Aishah (ra) says
that she heard him say: “With those on whom You have bestowed Your grace,
with the Prophets and the truthful ones (As-Siddeeqeen), 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 forhelp and last abode.” The most precious and chosen Prophet of Allah
(sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) then breathed his last.
This event took place at high morning time on Monday, 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal
11ah. He was sixty-three years old when he died. ‘Inna lillahi wa inna
Extracted from: AR-RAHEEQ AL-MAKHTUM
(BY: SAFI-UR RAHMAN AL-MUBARAKPURI)