One of the salaf used to say "When I hear of the death of the scholars, it is like I have lost a limb of my body."
It was narrated that 'Abdullaah ibn al-Mubaarak (rahimahullaah) said:
"Know that death nowadays is an honour for every Muslim who meets Allah adhering to the Sunnah. Verily, to Allah we belong and unto Him is our return. It is to Allah that we complain of our Alienation, the passing away of our brothers, the lack of support and the emergence of bid'ah. It is to Allah that we complain of the great calamity that has befallen this ummah because of the passing away of the scholars and Ahl as-Sunnah, and the emergence of bid'ah."
[Al-Bid'ah wan-Nahy 'anha
by Ibn Waddaah.]
In the space of one week, we have lost two people of knowledge. Al-'Allaamah Bakr Aboo Zayd, and Shaykh, Dr. Saleh as-Saleh. Inna lillaahi wa inna ilayhi raaji'oon.
'Abdullaah bin 'Amr bin Al 'Aas radyallaahu 'anhu narrates:
I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "Allah does not take away the knowledge, by taking it away from (the hearts of) the people, but takes it away by the death of the religious learned men till when none of the (religious learned men) remains, people will take as their leaders ignorant persons who when consulted will give their verdict without knowledge. So they will go astray and will lead the people astray."
'Abdullaah Ibn Mas'ood said:
"Verily, you are in a time in which the Scholars are many and the speakers are few. And verily there will come a time after you in which the speakers will be many and the Scholars will be few."
An-Nasaa'ee in Kitaab-ul-'Ilm
(no. 109), at-Tabaranee in al-Kabeer
(no. 8066), al-Bukhaaree in Adabul-Mufrad
(no. 789) and Ibn Hajr in Fathul-Baaree
(10/510) - authenticated by al-Albaanee.
InshaaAllaah these two ahaadeeth are good signs for Dr. Saleh as-Saleh:
We ask Allaah سبحانه وتعالى that He counts Dr. Saleh رحمه الله from amongst those mentioned in the following ahaadeeth:
ما من مسلم يموت يوم الجمعة أو ليلة الجمعة إلا وقاه الله تعالى فتنة القبر
(تخريج السيوطي : (حم ت) عن ابن عمرو تحقيق الألباني : (حسن) انظر حديث رقم: 5773 في صحيح الجامع)
The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: There is no Muslim who dies on the day or night of Jumu’ah (Friday) except that Allaah will protect him from the tribulation of the grave.
Reported by Ahmad and at-Tirmidhee and Shaykh al-Albaanee رحمه الله says Hasan in Saheeh al-Jaami’, Hadeeth (#5773).
من استطاع أن يموت بالمدينة فليمت بها فإني أشفع لمن يموت بها
(تخريج السيوطي : (حم ت هـ حب) عن ابن عمر. تحقيق الألباني : (صحيح) انظر حديث رقم: 6015 في صحيح الجامع )
The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: Whoever amongst you is able to stay in al-Madeenah until death reaches him then let him do so,
for indeed I will intercede for the one who dies in it (al-Madeenah).
Shaykh al-Albaanee رحمه الله says Saheeh in Saheeh al-Jaami’, Hadeeth (#6015).
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وأكرم نزلهما ، ووسع مدخلهما ، واغسلهما بالماء والثلج والبرد
ونقهما من الذنوب والخطايا كما ينقى الثوب الأبيض من الدنس
اللهم ارفع درجتهما في المهديين
واخلفهما في عقبه في الغابرين ،واجعلهما من ورثة جنة النعيم
The eyes are shedding tears and the heart is grieved, and we will not say except what pleases our Lord. Now, when I hear his lectures, it is really painful. Yet, al-Hamdulillaah, it does make you want to strive harder in order to gain 'Ilm. May Allaah facillitate a path to knowledge for us, for whoever takes a path to knowledge, Allaah makes easy for him the path to Jannah! Ameen.