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»

‘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…

…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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