A LETTER OF CONDOLENCE BY RASULULLAH
(sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam)
This letter was dictated by Allahu ta'ala's Prophet, Muhammad ('alaihissalam) for Muaz
bin Jabal 'radi-Allahu ta'ala 'anh'.
May Allahu ta'ala bless you with salvation! I offer up my hamd to Him. He, alone, can do
good or harm to anybody. Unless He wills, no one can do good or harm to anyone.
May Allahu ta'ala give you plenty of thawabs. May He bless you with patience! May He
grace you with gratitude for His blessings!
We must know for certain that our own existence, our property and wealth, our women
and children are samples of Allah's innumerous blessings, sweet and useful gifts. He has
not given us these blessings for eternal retention, but has entrusted them to us so that we
may use them until He takes them back. We utilize them for a certain duration of time.
When the time comes He will withdraw all of them. Allahu ta'ala has commanded us to
thank Him when He pleases us by being generous and to be patient when we feel sorrow
when the time comes for Him take back His gifts. That son of yours was one of the sweet,
useful blessings of Allahu ta'ala. He had entrusted him to you on condition that He would
take him back. Through your son He had blessed you. He had pleased and delighted you
so as to make others envy you. Now, taking him back, He will give you plenty of thawab
and goodness, and, by His mercy, He will bless you with making progress and
improvement on the right way. To attain this mercy and blessing you must be patient.
You must tolerate what He has done! If you become angry, cry and yell, you will not
attain the thawab and mercy, and will regret in the end. Know it very well that crying and
lamenting will not ward off a catastrophe. Nor will it do away with the sorrow! You will
undergo whatsoever is in your qadar (fate). You must be patient and not become angry
with what has already happened.
May Allahu ta'ala bestow salvation on you all! Amin.