An Amazing Death!
September 8, 2014 § Leave a comment
The Messenger of Allaah salAllaahu alayhi wasallam said, “He whose last words are: `La ilaha il Allaah’ will enter Jannah.” [Riyaadhus Saliheen, 917]
Abu Haatim ar-Raazi and Abu Zur’ah ar-Raazi were contemporaries, and they were great scholars of Hadeeth. They were one of the most prominent scholars of the sunnah and of evaluating the narrators of hadeeth (Jarh wa ta’deel). Abu Haatim had a son named AbdurRahmaan. AbdurRahmaan ibn Abi Haatim has a book named Al Jarh wa Ta’deel, and many times he says I asked my father such and such or he says: I asked Abu Zur’ah such and such narration or about a specific narrator.
In the beginning of his book, in his introduction of al-Jarh wa Tadeel he mentions this incident of when Abu Zur’ah was in his final illness and his death was at hand. Some of the other scholars of hadeeth were also in his presence during this time. But due to the prominence and status of Abu Zur’ah they were almost scared of telling him to say Laa ilaha il Allaah, they didn’t wish to irritate him or accuse him of not knowing or forgetting at this time. So instead they started to say to one another what do you know about saying this hadeeth at this time, so they started mentioning narrations. They would mention the isnaad (chain) and stop at place and then someone else would continue the isnaad and stop. And Abu Zur’ah was hearing this and when they would stop he would raise his head a bit, and he said the whole isnaad of the hadeeth and said The Messenger of Allaah salAllaahu alayhi wasallam said: Whoever’s last words are Laa ilaaha il Allaah…” at this point he went silent and then he died!
— This incident is in Tareekh al-Baghdaad and also in Adh-Dhahabee’s Seyar A’laam an-Nubala.