Good Endings at Death (Husn Al-Khaatimah) (4) : Abdul-Ghaniy Al-Maqdisi and Others|
Posted by Abu.Iyaad on Saturday, September, 21 2013 and filed under Salaf
Key topics: Good Ending Death
From Imaam al-Dhahabi (rahimahullaah) who narrates in al-Siyar, the following:
Dhiyaa Al-Maqdisee said: I heard Aboo Moosaa say: My father al-Haafidh 'Abdul-Ghani Al-Maqdisee became sick with a severe sickness which inhibited him from speech and from standing up. It continued severely for sixteen days, so I would ask him a great deal by saying: 'What would you like?' so he would say: 'I would like Paradise.' 'I would like The Mercy of Allaah.' He would not increase upon that, so I came to him with some warm water, and he put his hand out so I helped him perform the wudhoo at the time of Fajr. Then he said: 'O 'Abdullaah, stand and lead us in prayer, and keep it light.' So I prayed in a group and he prayed seated, then after I sat next to his head, and he said: 'Recite Yasin.' So I recited it, and he would supplicate and I would say 'Ameen.' I said: 'Here is some medicine for you to drink.' He replied: 'O my son, there is nothing else left except for death,' so I said: 'Do you desire anything?' he replied 'I desire to look at The Face of Allaah, Glorified be He.' So I asked: 'Are you not pleased with me?' he said: 'Indeed; by Allaah.' I said: 'Do you not bequeath anything?' he said: 'There is nothing for me upon anyone, and there is nothing upon anyone for me' I said: 'Admonish me.' He said: 'I admonish you to be fearful of and dutiful to Allaah and safeguard yourself upon obedience to Him.' Then a group of people came to visit him and they gave salaam and he responded to them. Then they began talking so he said: 'What is this? Rather remember Allaah and say: laa ilaaha illallaah.' So when they stood to leave he began to make the remembrance of Allaah with his lips whilst he made an indication with his eyes. So I got up to present a man with a book from beside the Masjid. Then when I returned, his soul had departed from his body - rahimahullaah. That was on Monday the twenty third of Rabee' Al-Awwal in the year six hundred.
Al-Siyar of al-Dhahabi (21/467, 22/189, 17/347 ) through al-Ibar min Fawaa'id as-Siyar p.589-593
Translated by Abu Haatim Muhammad