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Superiority of one who is Bereaved of his Infants

September 4, 2014
Imam Al-Nawawi’s Riyad-us-Saliheen
Chapter 164
Superiority of one who is Bereaved of his Infants

952. Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Any Muslim who loses three children before they reach the age of maturity, will be granted Jannah by Allah, the Exalted, out of His Mercy for them.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

953. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “A Muslim whose three children die (in infancy) will not be touched by the Fire (of Hell) except for the fulfillment of Allah’s Oath.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

[Allah’s Oath here refers to His Ayah: “There is not one of you but will cross over it (Hell).” (19:71) And the crossing will be across the `Bridge’ set over the Hell.]

954. Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: A woman came to the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) and said: “O Messenger of Allah! Only men benefit from your talks, so please fix a day for us, to teach us the knowledge which Allah has taught you.” The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) fixed a day and directed them to assemble. When they gathered, the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) went to them and taught them what Allah had taught him. He (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) then said, “Any woman of you whose three children die (in infancy) they will be a guard for her against Fire (of Hell).” One of the women asked: “What if she loses two?” The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) replied, “Even two.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

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