Leave these 7 things behind you
عَن أَنَسٍ ، قال : قال رَسُول اللهِ صَلَّى الله عَلَيه وَسَلَّم : سبع يجري للعبد أجرهن من بعد موته ، وهُو في قبره : من علم علما ، أو كرى نهرا ، أو حفر بئرا ، أو غرس نخلا ، أو بنى مسجدًا ، أو ورث مصحفًا ، أو ترك ولدا يستغفر له بعد موته
Anas (Radi Allahu anhu) said: Allah’s Messenger (sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam) said: Seven things continue to accumulate reward for the slave while he’s in his grave after his death. The person he educated, the canal he dug, the well he drilled, the date palm tree he planted, a masjid he built, some Qurans he donated and a child who asks forgiveness for him after his death.”
Al-Bazzar (7289) graded as Hasan by Al-Albani in Jami As-Saghir.
Benefits for this subject:
“Seven things continue to accumulate reward for the slave while he’s in his grave after his death…”It’s like he is carrying these things out in direct contact with them.
“The person he educated…” he spends money on publishing books , spreading them and the deliverance of formal legal opinions.
“The canal he dug, the well he drilled…” He helps and supports the canal to be dug and the well to be drilled. It doesn’t matter if he aids these things to be done for himself, because the benefit in a canal and well extends beyond him to others.
“The date palm tree he planted,…” This also includes grape vines, fig trees and all fruit trees which produce are grown and hand picked
“A masjid he built, some Qurans he donated…” he transfers these things by will to his heirs. They remain his property by donation or waqf.(1)
“A child who asks forgiveness for him after his death.”
Al-Bayhaqi said: There is no contradiction between this hadeeth and the hadeeth ,
” When the son of Adam dies his deeds stop except three…” In that hadeeth the Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘ A recurring charity…’ These seven things mentioned here are included in that type of charity.
1: Waqf is a permanent donation. Once a waqf is created, it can never be donated as a gift, inherited, or sold. Disbursement of its returns is done in accordance with the endower’s wishes .
Taken from ” Tanweer Sharhul Jam’is Saghir by Al-Amir As-San’anee (1182H)
Translator’s note: Let’s leave some, if not all of these seven things behind us when we are gone. The time when we need good deeds draws closer every hour, minute and second. Allah’s help is sought.
Translated by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Lamont Battle (may Allah forgive him)
Doha, Qatar 1433©
Republished 2/6/16 for reminder / Twitter.com@lamontbattle