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    Posted: 03 August 2009 at 1:30pm
Assalamu alaikum.

There is the general belief that the one who uttered Kalimat Shahada as his last statement at the point of death will enter paradise. However, I do not understand how this could be possible for the one who committed any of the major sins mentioned in chapter 4 and died unpunished or the one who devoured illegally the property of a brother Muslim. Could one utter it hypocritically at the point of death?
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Quote Sign*Reader Replybullet Posted: 04 August 2009 at 5:14pm
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Edited by Sign*Reader - 04 August 2009 at 7:55pm
Kismet Domino: Faith/Courage/Liberty/Abundance/Selfishness/Immorality/Apathy/Bondage or extinction.
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Quote seekshidayath Replybullet Posted: 04 August 2009 at 7:08pm
As Salamu Alaikum

You must be referring to sunnah of reciting shahadah on death-bed. Due to the progeny od death he may not be in a position to recite shahadah, so its the people around them recite it louder so that the one who's facing death, recites it easily.

We get to read from the books of Islamic history the following instances, which teach us about shahdah while facing death.

one of the prophet's companions  sought his advice about a gravely ill young man {am forgetting his name} whom they visited at his death bed, and tried in vain to make him utter shahada (No diety but God and Muhammad is the messenger of God), that Muslims are very keen to say prior to death.

The prophet asked them to summon the boy's mother. It turned out that the boy was always rude to her and did not treat her kindly. The prophet asked her: Would you be content if these people made a large fire and threw you son in it? The woman immediately said no.  The prophet told her: Then if you want to save him from fire you must forgive him. The woman declared that she forgave her son, who then became able to utter shahada.

The following is an extract from "Muslim Creed", a magazine of salafs

Signs of the evil end may show while a dying person is at his death bed, such as being unable to utter the Shahadah or rejecting to utter it, or talking about sins and wanting to commit them again. There have been numerous examples that depict the evil end, and they have been narrated by the scholars of Islam throughout the ages. Following are some of them:

Imam Ibn Al-Qayyem mentioned in his book, Al-Jawab Al- Kafi, that a person was told to say the Shahadah while he was dying, and he
said, “And what benefit will it bring me while I do not remember praying not even one prayer.” He then died and did not utter it. He also narrated another story, “A merchant had told me about a relative of his who was also a merchant and who was on his death bed. The people kept trying to make him say the Shahadah, and all he could say instead was, ‘This garment is cheap. This item is good.’ He then died while saying this, and never uttered the Shahadah.”

Furthermore, he mentioned a person who was known for loving music and singing and continuously performing them. On his death bed, he would not utter the Shahadah, but he would only hum and sing until he was dead.

Also, Al-Hafith Ath- Thahabi narrated that while a man who was an alcoholic was on his death bed, another person was trying to make him say the Shahadah. Instead, all he could say was, “Drink and pour me some.”

Answering to your question, Allah swt knows the best, that person must have seeked forgiveness earlier. We cannot judge him. You remember a story of a murderer who murdered 99 persons and then he intended to become good, and moved that path to meet a religious person. But death met him on the way. Finally, he was destined to paradise. What i intend to say is, we cannot know what the other person is. As said, he must have seeked forgiveness from Allah swt.



Edited by seekshidayath - 04 August 2009 at 7:11pm
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “All the descendants of Adam are sinners, and the best of sinners are those who repent."
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Quote haris30432 Replybullet Posted: 06 February 2010 at 1:15pm
Peace,
 
I do not believe in this.Most people are given ample time in this world until he or she reaches maturity to give up their wrong ways and idol worship and return to God's path.I personally believe that,the ones who are too arrogant to do so,their repentance when death comes to them may not be accepted.
 

[2:286] GOD never burdens a soul beyond its means: to its credit is what it earns, and against it is what it commits. "Our Lord, do not condemn us if we forget or make mistakes. Our Lord, and protect us from blaspheming against You, like those before us have done. Our Lord, protect us from sinning until it becomes too late for us to repent. Pardon us and forgive us. You are our Lord and Master. Grant us victory over the disbelieving people."

[10:91] "Too late!* For you have rebelled already, and chose to be a transgressor.

 
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Quote abosait Replybullet Posted: 05 May 2010 at 9:49am
Originally posted by Friendship

 
Assalamu alaikum.

There is the general belief that the one who uttered Kalimat Shahada as his last statement at the point of death will enter paradise.
 
Wa alaykum assalam wa Rahmatullah.
It was narrated that Mu’aadh ibn Jabal (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say:
“If a person’s last words are Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, Paradise will be guaranteed for him.”
Narrated by Ahmad, 21529; Abu Dawood, 3116; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Irwa’ al-Ghaleel, 687
This exhortation is prescribed even if the dying person is a kaafir, because if he says it before the soul is taken, saying it will benefit him, even if he is punished for his sins.
 
What is meant by exhorting the dying person to say Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah is that there should be someone with him who can remind him to say Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, as if teaching and prompting a small child.
It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“Exhort your dying ones to say Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, for if a person’s last words are Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah at the time of death, he will enter Paradise at some point, no matter what befalls him before that.”
Narrated by Ibn Hibbaan; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 5150.
Another indication that the command to exhort the dying to say Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah includes kaafirs too is what the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did with his paternal uncle Abu Taalib, and with the Jewish boy who used to serve him
 
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However, I do not understand how this could be possible for the one who committed any of the major sins ......and died unpunished .........Friendship.
 
Do you think you know more than the Prophet Sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam?
 
 
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Quote UmmFatima Replybullet Posted: 18 June 2010 at 5:51am
There are examples of people who HAVE stated the shahada either hypocritically or without substantive meaning on their death bed. Let's take Saddam Hussein as an example. Do you think Allah will not hold him accountable for all the deaths of good, innocent Muslims he caused in his life? That's not justice. Jenna will be guaranteed for someone without sins he inflicted on others. Maybe he never prayed, Allah can forgive that easily, but sins against others must be accounted for in the proper way, such as paying the family of the deceased or publicly changing your ways etc.

And if someone is kafir before they say shahada they have to say it with their hearts. Allah doesn't listen to what your tongue say, but what your heart says.
“Our Lord! Grant us comfort in our spouses and descendants, and make us leaders of the God-fearing.” -Al-Furqan 74
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Quote UmmFatima Replybullet Posted: 21 June 2010 at 9:08am
Let's take a Quranic example - Firawn made shahada as he was drowning and Allah didn't forgive him. I think this proves that we need to understand that there are conditions placed on this statement, like really believing it and atoning for sin beforehand.
“Our Lord! Grant us comfort in our spouses and descendants, and make us leaders of the God-fearing.” -Al-Furqan 74
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