The Greatest of all Calamities

The Prophet (sallahAllaahu alayhi wasallam) said:

إِذَا أُصِيبَ أَحَدُكُمْ بِمُصِيبَةٍ، فَلْيَذْكُرْ مُصِيبَتَهُ بِي، فَإِنَّهَا أَعْظَمُ الْمَصَائِبِ عِنْدَهُ

“If any of you is struck with a calamity; then let him remember his calamity with me [i.e. my death], for indeed it is the greatest of all calamities.”

 

Authenitcated by Imaam Al-Albaanee in As-Saheeha: 1106

                         

Surely, all other calamities –are sorrowful- but they can not be compared to the magnitude of that.

By Allaah, ask yourself: how many times have you remembered and contemplated that our beloved one (sallahAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) has passed on?

By Allaah, ask yourself: how many times have you cried when you remember this great calamity?

In explaining this hadeeth.  Al-Haafidh ibn Abdulbarr said:

قال الحافظ ابن عبد البر « وصدق صلى الله عليه وسلم لأن المصيبة به أعظم من كل مصيبة يصاب بها المسلم بعده إلى يوم القيامة انقطع الوحي وماتت النبوة»
(التمهيد19/322).

‘And surely he (sallahAllaahu alayhi wasallam) has said the truth, for indeed the calamity by him is greater than any other calamity which can befall a person –after him- upto the Day of Judgement, due to the revelation being cut-off, and the Prophethood dieing.”
At-Tamheed: 19/322.

 

Al-Allaamah al-Munnaawee in his book Faydhul Qadeer, explaining this hadeeth:
(The text of the hadeeth is in brackets and its translation is bold, the explanation –with its arabic text- comes below every portion and it is not bold.)

It says:

(إذا أصاب أحدكم مصيبة فليذكر)
“If any of you is struck with a calamity; then let him remember,

أي: يتذكر
Meaning: let him remember

(مصيبته بي)
his calamity by me

أي: بفقدي من بين أظهر هذه الأمة وانقطاع الوحي والإمداد السماوي
Meaning: By my disappearance from this Ummah, and the cut-off of the revelation and the heavenly re-inforcement.

(فإنها من أعظم)
for indeed it is from the greatest..

وفي رواية: من أشد
And in another narration: From the most severe…

(المصائب)
…of all calamities.”

بل هي أعظمها بدليل خبر ابن ماجه: إن أحدا من أمتي لن يصاب بمصيبة بعدي أشد عليه من مصيبتي

Rather surely it is the greatest of all of them,

by the proof of the narration in Ibn Maajah:
‘There is no one from amongst my Ummah who would be stricken with a calamity –after me- which is more severe to him than my calamity.”

Faydhul Qadeer sharh Jaam’i as-Sagheer: 1/368. Daarul Kutub al-‘Ilmiyyah, Beirut, 1994. Checking of Ahmad Abdussalaam.

And Allaah knows best.

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