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Children die at birth

Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,

As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.  (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)

 

One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

DEAR BROTHER,

I WILL LIKE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO THE CHILDREN THAT DIE YOUNG AND AT BIRTH 

 

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Children die at birth

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Bani Israel verse 15: Whoever receives guidance receives it for his own benefit: whoever goes astray doth so to his own loss: no bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another: nor would We visit with Our Wrath until We had sent a Messenger (to give warning).

 

The test of this life is only valid for those who are sane, adults, have at least one of the faculties of hearing or sight, and have been presented the Message of Allah Subhanah. If one is born insane, or dies before he reaches the age of understanding or puberty, or is deprived of the faculties of both hearing and sight, or has never ever received or been presented with the Message of Allah.such people will be relieved of any accountability in the Just and Supreme Court of the Majestic and Merciful Lord.

 

Khansa binte Mu'awiyah ibn Sarim, states that her aunt reported the following account: "I asked, 'O Messenger of Allah (saws)! Who will be in Paradise?' The Prophet (saws) said, 'Prophets will be in Paradise, martyrs will be in Paradise, and babies will be in Paradise'."

Related by Ahmad.

 

In light of the above guidance from the Quran and the Sunnah, it would be safe to assume that children who die before reaching the age of understanding or puberty, regardless whether they were born to believers or non-believers will not be held accountable for their deeds, nor will they be punished by Allah Subhanah.

 

'Adi ibn Thabit reported that he heard al-Bara' saying, "When Ibrahim, son of the Prophet (saws) died, the Prophet (saws) said, 'Verily, he will have suckling in Paradise'.''

Related by Bukhari.

 

Anas ibn Malik reported that the Prophet (sws) him, said, "If any Muslim has three children and they die prior to reaching the age of puberty, Allah will cause him to enter Paradise on account of His mercy to them."

 

It is clear from the above authentic hadiths that those children who become a reason for others to enter Paradise, would themselves be in a far better position to enter it; and Allah Alone Knows Best.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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