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Contents of Sharhus Sudoor (English) By Imam al-Suyuti

Table of Contents :

Introduction,
Notes before reading Sharhus Sudoor,
Discussion on Death,
About Sharhus Sudoor,
About the Translation of Sharhus Sudoor,
Khutbah by the Author.

Chapter [1].

  • Introduction to Death,
  • Long Life in the Obedience of Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala,
  • Impermissibility of Wishing for Death,
  • When is it permissible to desire Death ?
  • Death is more Glorious than Life.

Chapter [2].

  • Death and Preparation for Death,
  • Statements of the Pious Predecessors,
  • Deeds that Assist one in Remembering Death.

Chapter [3].

  • Importance of being hopeful of Goodness from Allah Almighty,
  • The Importance of Fearing Allah Almighty,
  • Narrations in this Regard.

Chapter [4].

  • The Fear of Death,
  • Ahadith e Mubaarak.

Chapter [5].

  • Signs of Khaatima bil Khayr (Death with Goodness),
  • Chapter discussing Sakraat al-Mawt (Agony of Death),
  • Important Notes,
  • The Features and Appearance of Death,
  • Sudden Death.

Chapter [6].

  • Issues related to the Deathbed,
  • Recitation of Surah al-Yasin and Du'as (supplications) at this time,
  • Ahadith e Mubaaraka.

Chapter [7].

  • Malak al-Mawt and his Companion Angels,
  • The Angels who brought Hadrat Adam, alayhi salaam, to Mina,
  • Malak al-Mawt is Haazir o Naazir,
  • The incident of Hadrat Idrees, alayhi salaam,
  • The Complaint of Malak al-Mawt,
  • Hadrat Musa's, alayhi salaam, slap,
  • The Passing away of Hadrat Ibrahim, 'alayhi salaam,
  • The Passing away of Hadrat Dawood, 'alayhi salaam,
  • About the Wisaal of Habeeb Kibriya,
  • The Marvel of Malak al-Mawt,
  • Regarding the Death of non-humans,
  • How to befriend the Angel of Death?
  • Regards making a Wasiyyah (Will) before Death.

Chapter [8].

  • The Annual Adjustment to the Age of a Person,
  • Munkar and Nakeer (Angels of the Grave),
  • Companions of the Grave,
  • The Comfort of a Believer,
  • Tafsir (Commentary) of Qur'anic verses,
  • The Condition on the Eve of Me'raj,
  • The Special Welcome,
  • The Excellence of a Shaheed (Martyr),
  • The Fragrant Souls of the Believers,
  • The Meaning of the Illiy'yeen,
  • The Narration about the Man who killed One Hundred People,
  • The Death of a Believer,
  • The Death of one Condemned to Hell,
  • Who Says that a Wali (Saint) is Dead?
  • Ilm e Ghayb and the incident of a Wali,
  • Incidents regarding Surah Mulk and Surah Sajdah,
  • Incident about Hadrat Thaabit Bunaani, may Allah be pleased with him,
  • Wali'Ullah Noorullah,
  • A Wali-Allah laughs (shows happiness) after passing away,
  • A lady speaks after passing away,
  • The Condition of one who slanders Hadrat Abu Bakr and Hadrat 'Umar, may Allah be pleased with them,
  • The Deceased comes back to Life,
  • Death before Death,
  • Astonishing incident,
  • The narration about Ma'habshun,
  • The passing away of Hadrat 'Abdur Rahman ibn 'Awf, may Allah be pleased with him,
  • The Blessings of A'maal e Saaleha (Good Deeds),
  • Zikr at the time when a person is about to Pass Away,
  • Words of Talqeen,
  • A Deceased explains the condition,
  • You Shall Reap What You Sow'!
  • An interesting Narration,
  • Tafseer Nabawi,
  • Martyrdom of Hadrat Uthman, may Allah be pleased with him,
  • Guests at the time of the Death of a Believer,
  • Some will emerge thirsty from their Graves,
  • Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala's, Salaam upon a Believer,
  • Salaam to the Angels,

Chapter [9].

  • Whose tawbah (repentance) is Accepted?
  • Tafsir of the Qur'an & Ahadith e Mubaaraka.

Chapter [10].

  • How the Deceased meets the Souls,
  • The Conversations amongst the Souls,
  • Narrations.

Chapter [11].

  • The Deceased is aware who is giving it Ghusl and Burying him,
  • The Mayyit knows what is being said about him or her,
  • Evidence that the Deceased are able to Hear.

Chapter [12].

  • The Angels join in the Janaazah (funeral) Procession,
  • The Words of the Angels.

Chapter [13].

  • The Skies and Earth weep at the Death of a Momin (believer),
  • Verses of the Qur'an,
  • Ahadith e Mubaaraka.

Chapter [14].

  • Ones Grave Shall be in the soil from which One was Created,
  • Ahadith e Mubaaraka.

Chapter [15].

  • What should be said during Burial and Talqeen,
  • Ahadith e Mubaaraka.

Chapter [16].

  • Every Deceased is Pressed by the Grave,
  • Discussion by Imam Tirmidhi, & by Imam Subki,
  • Why does the Grave Press the Deceased ?
  • The Grave Presses like Love of the Mother,
  • The Cleanser of Sins,
  • The Grave Speaks to the Deceased.

Chapter [17].

  • The Questions of Munkar Nakeer,
  • Ahadith e Mubaaraka,
  • The 4 Angels of the Grave,
  • Research in regards to a few Different Issues,
  • Different Questions and Answers,
  • Five out of Five,
  • Questions of the Grave in Suryaani (Syriaac language).

Chapter [18].

  • Those who will not be questioned in the Grave,
  • Ahadith e Mubaaraka,
  • Application of Ahadith.

Chapter [19].

  • The Anxiety in the Grave,
  • The Situation in the Grave of a Momin,
  • Ahadith e Mubaaraka and Narrations.

Chapter [20].

  • Ahadith.

Chapter [21].

  • The Torment of the Grave (Azaab e Qadr),
  • The Address of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace,
  • Torment upon Torment,
  • Observation of the Torment of the Grave,
  • The Eve of Me'raj and observation of the Torment of the Grave,
  • Punishment upon a Slanderer of the Sahabah,
  • Continuous Torment,
  • Punishment of homosexuals,
  • The Recipients of Punishment,
  • Punishment upon Muslim bin Uqba,
  • The Virtues of Jum'ah (Friday),
  • The Duration of the Torment.

Chapter [22].

  • Virtuous Deeds which give Salvation from Torment,
  • Ahadith e Mubaaraka,
  • Narrations.

Chapter [23].

  • The Condition of the Dwellers of the Grave,
  • Learning inside the Grave,
  • Pious Children,
  • Vision of Jibra'eel, alayhi salaam,
  • Wasiyah of Hadrat Umar, may Allah be pleased with him,
  • Wasiyah of Hadrat Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him,
  • The Deceased returns the Kafan (shroud),
  • Hadrat Ja'far e Tayyar,
  • Hadrat 'Abdullah ibn Zubair on the Noose.

Chapter [24].

  • The Shuhada,
  • Ahadith e Mubaaraka.

Chapter [25].

  • Visiting the Graves (Ziyarat al-Quboor),
  • The Deceased recognise and see their Visitors,
  • Evidence that the Ambiya, alayhi salaam, are Alive,
  • Narration about a Shroud Thief,
  • Sayyiduna Hamza, may Allah be pleased with him, replies from his Holy Mazaar,
  • Incident regarding the Holy Head of Imam Hussain, radi Allahu ta'ala anhu,
  • The Knowledge of the Grave Dweller,
  • A Warning,
  • An Extraordinary Point.

Chapter [26].

  • The Residence of the Deceased after Death,
  • Souls at the Graves,
  • Hadrat Moosa, alayhi salaam, in his Mazaar (shrine),
  • The Ambiya, alayhi'm as-Salaam, on Shab-e-Mer'aj,
  • Interpretation regarding Durood Shareef,
  • One Angel listens to the Durood of Everyone,
  • Connection of the Soul to the Body,
  • The Story of Khirqeel, alayhi salaam,
  • Importance of paying your Debts,
  • Souls of the Ambiya, alayhi salaam,
  • Souls of the Shuhada (the martyrs),
  • Consensus of the Ummah,
  • Souls of the Believers,
  • Regarding the phrase ''As-Salaamu 'alaykum Ya Ahl al-Quboor'' !
  • Aamir bin Fuhairah traversed the Skies after his Demise,
  • Hadrat Uwais al-Qarni, may Allah be pleased with him, disappears after his Demise.

Chapter [27].

  • The Final Abode of the Deceased is presented before him Daily,
  • The Deeds of the Living are presented to the Deceased,
  • Bad Deeds of the Living are presented to the Deceased,
  • Bad Deeds which block the Deceased from a Blessed Station,
  • Ahadith e Mubaaraka.

Chapter [28].

  • Wasiyyat (bequest),
  • The Deceased come to meet the Living in their Dreams.

Chapter [29].

  • After Demise the Souls are Alive and Free,
  • Important Notes,
  • Amazing Facts,
  • Meeting the Deceased in Dreams and there astonishing incidents,
  • Incidents Related to the Pious Predecessors.

Chapter [30].

  • The Deceased are hurt by our hurtful comments about them,
  • The Deceased are Troubled by the Weeping of the Living,
  • Ways in which the Deceased are Troubled.

Chapter [31].

  • The Guardians at the Graves of the Believers,
  • Things which benefit the Deceased in the Grave,
  • Recitation of the Qur'an at the Graveside,
  • Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, may Allah be pleased with him,
  • The Manner of the Ansaar,
  • Reward of Reciting Surah al-Ikhlaas 11 times,
  • A Saying of the Beloved Nabi, salla Allahu 'alayhi wa Sallam,
  • Benefits of Reciting Surah Yaseen,
  • Statement of Imam al-Qurtubi, may Allah be pleased with him,
  • Fatawa (decree) of the Hanafi's.

Chapter [32].

  • Refutation of those who deny Esaal e Thawaab,
  • Wasiyyat of the Pious Predecessors,
  • The Best Moment to Die,
  • Those Deeds which swiftly take one towards Paradise.

Chapter [33].
The Condition of the Body of the Deceased after Death,
The Sahaba are Alive in their Graves.

Chapter [34].

  • The Reality of the Soul (ar-Ruh),
  • Hidden Secret,
  • Refutation of those who reject Knowledge of the Soul,
  • What is the Soul?
  • Beneficial Note,
  • Law,
  • Three Things,
  • What is the Nafs?
  • The Power of the Nafs,
  • The Nafs is also the Body,
  • The Condition of the Soul after Death,
  • Ruh in the Heart,
  • The Incident of Khuzaima,
  • Ijma (consensus) of the Ahl al-Sunnat,
  • Which is First, Soul or Body?
  • The Discussion of 'Meethaq'!
  • When does the Soul get Benefit?
  • Refutation of the Philosophers,
  • The Soul does not Perish,
  • The Activity of the Soul,
  • Aalam e Arwah,
  • Recognition by the Soul after Demise and Evidence in this regard,
  • Some Verses of the Qur'an,
  • Tafseer,
  • Examples,
  • Different forms of the Soul,
  • The Battle between Body and Soul,
  • Example of Battle between the Body and Soul,
  • Beneficial Note.

 

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