Want to bury father in hometown
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:
i have question that i don't know whom to ask.
my father is ill, and has been ill of a fatal disease for more than a year now. we don't know when he might leave us, however we stay in a gulf country and i have heard that among bohri's they don't allow to take the body back to your native country. that would mean that my father would have to burried here, something that we don't want.
he is not in the condition to travel now, and even if he was , it would cause too much pain to him. so we don't want that.
i can not ask this question to any one at home, becasue this is something that we don't want to face, but it is happening and we can't stop it.
i would also like to know some holy scriptures to calm us all down, as we are very agitated and don't know what the future holds for us.
death is impending but what we are going through is horrendous. we have started to question our faith. please let me know what you think.
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Want to bury father in hometown
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 3 Surah Ale Imraam verse 185: Every soul shall have a taste of death: and only on the Day of Judgment shall you be paid your full recompense. Only he who is saved far from the fire and admitted to the garden will have attained the object (of life): for the life of this world is but goods and chattels of deception.
If you can willingly submit to the above Aayah of the Most Merciful, you will find it easier to accept the Divine Decrees that are ordained by Allah Subhanah; for indeed, it is the right of every soul that it will have to taste death!
It is not in the human beings domain to choose his place or time of death; death will approach one at the precise time and place Allah Subhanah has ordained for the person.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 31 Surah Luqman verse 34: Verily the knowledge of the Hour is with Allah (alone). It is He Who sends down rain, and He Who knows what is in the wombs. Nor does anyone know what it is that he will earn on the morrow: nor does anyone know in what land he is to die. Verily with Allah is full knowledge and He is acquainted (with all things).
There is absolutely no restriction or harm in Shariah, if one wishes to bury their loved ones in a place of their choice; that is a decision the survivors of the deceased have to make for themselves. It is not for the Bohras or any other people to decide!
Your Statement: i would also like to know some holy scriptures to calm us all down, as we are very agitated and don't know what the future holds for us.
The future will only hold for you and for the rest of mankind, what the Merciful Lord has Decreed. Thus the believers must keep their full trust in their Lord and be grateful when times are good and healthy, and be patient in trying times. Whatever the situation a believer finds himself in, he must be steadfast in the Path of Allah Subhanah.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 51: Say: "Nothing will happen to us except what Allah has Decreed for us: He is our protector": and on Allah let the believers put their trust.
One of the best supplications to make to the Merciful when one is in a severe trial, is to make the supplication that Prophet Yunus (a.s.) made to Allah Subhanah at his times of affliction:
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 21 Surah Anbiyaa verses 87-88:
87 And remember Zun-nun (Yunus (a.s.)) when he departed in wrath: he imagined that We had no power over him! But he cried through the depths of darkness "There is no god but Thou: Glory to Thee: I was indeed wrong!"
88 So We listened to him: and delivered him from distress: and thus do We deliver those who have faith.
And if your beloved father is in a state where he can make dua, ask him to make the dua which was made by Prophet Ayyub (a.s.) when he was afflicted with a terrible disease. Allah Subhanah heard his this supplication and restored him back to full health.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 21 Surah Anbiyaa verses 83-84:
83 And (remember) Ayyub when he cried to his Lord "Truly distress has seized me, but Thou art the Most Merciful of those that are merciful."
84 So We listened to him: We removed the distress that was on him and We restored his people to him and doubled their number as a Grace from Ourselves and a thing for commemoration for all who serve Us.
Your Statement: death is impending but what we are going through is horrendous. we have started to question our faith.
Death is a reality which is impending on each individual; for no soul is immune from this reality! The sooner we learn to accept it, the easier it makes it for man to prepare for his eternal life after death.
If you could kindly clarify the question which arise which makes you challenge your faith; we would be more than honored to address those queries in light of the Quran and Sunnah.
May Allah Subhanah have Mercy on your beloved father, and make his future easy for him and may Allah Subhanah give the family the strength to bear this trial with patience and steadfastness.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale Imraan verse 160: If Allah helps you none can overcome you: if He forsakes you who is there after that, that can help you? In Allah then, let believers put their trust.
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,