Story of Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullaah) when death approached him – Dr. Saleh as-Saleh

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Abdullaah Ibn Ahmad Bin Hanbal said: when death approached my father     I came close to him and I set by his side and I had piece of cloth with me. I looked at him and I saw him becoming unconscious and I thought that he had passed away. Then he became conscious and he said:” La Ba’ad! La Ba’d! (Not yet! Not yet!) He did this once and twice and whilst he was doing in the third time I said to him, ‘Oh my father, what is this you are saying now? He Imaam Ahmad said to his son,” Ya Bunaiy, Oh my son, you don’t know? So I said no I don’t know.

So he said,

iblis the cursed one, he stood by my feet, and biting his fingers,

he kept saying: Ya Ahmad , Futanee,

Meaning: you are saved from me from my plots, why is he saying this to Imaam Ahmad at this time of death? He is saying to him that you are safe from me you were protected from me, why? In order to lead Imaam Ahmad , to feel pride of himself, and this is an affliction, he was trying to cause a fithna at the time of death, and this is why Imaam Ahmad kept saying La Ba’ad hata amut, not until I die this what he explained to his son. ‘’Until I die then I will be inshaa Allaah ,be saved from your plots but not yet’’.

These are the fruits of Imaan that Allaah will be the believers at the time of death steadfastness against the shaitan and plots of shaitan.

May   Allah make us be among the ones who are mentioned in this ayah. Ameen.

يُثَبِّتُ ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ بِٱلۡقَوۡلِ ٱلثَّابِتِ فِى ٱلۡحَيَوٰةِ ٱلدُّنۡيَا وَفِى ٱلۡأَخِرَةِ‌ۖ