Share in the Grief of Others
By the renowned spiritual guide and Amir of Ahl al-Sunnah, Mawlana Ilyas Attar al-Qadiri دَامَـتْ بَـرَكَـاتُـهُـمُ الْـعَـالِـيَـهْ
The beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said:
Whoever consoles a grief-stricken person, Allah Almighty will dress him in the robes of piety and have mercy on his soul amongst the souls. And whoever consoles a calamity-stricken person, Allah Almighty will dress him in two pairs of clothing of Paradise which surpass the value of the ˹entire˺ world.
If there is a death in the family of any Muslim or he is afflicted by some kind of difficulty, then expressing sympathy, we should console him, because if friends and dear ones do not sympathise with and console a person in hard times, it can break his heart. A broken heart may lead that person to a breakdown and distancing from the spiritual environment of Dawat-e-Islami.
It is an account from the early days of Dawat-e-Islami that a brother was about to depart for Ḥajj when his father suddenly passed away. So, he cancelled his flight and was unable to perform Hajj. All the brothers in his region were aware of this, but despite this, none of them participated in his father’s funeral or gave their condolences. Subsequently, he decided to discontinue participating in religious work with Dawat-e-Islami.
As soon as I learned about him, I called him and gave my condolences. With great pain, he complained about the responsible brothers. I explained matters to him and convinced him to change his mind. By Allah’s grace, he was an astute preacher, so he resolved to undertake the religious activities once again. I even said to him that I will come to his home but he stopped me saying, “Your preoccupations are many, do not trouble yourself.” However, despite him dissuading me, I went to his home and prayed for his father. He was overjoyed and saved from becoming detached from the religious environment of Dawat-e-Islami.
Instil in yourself a deep concern for fellow Muslims. Share each other’s pain and sorrow for the sake of Allah Almighty. Love in people’s hearts will increase because of this and thus there will be greater advancement in the religious activities of Dawat-e-Islami اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه.
May Allah Almighty grant us the ability to share in the pain and sorrow of our Muslim brothers with the intention of gaining reward.
اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ خاتَمِ النَّبِیّیْن صلَّی اللہ علیہ واٰلہٖ وسلَّم
Note: This article was prepared with the help of Madanī Muzakarah and then given to the renowned spiritual guide and Amir of Ahl al-Sunnah, Mawlana Ilyas Attar al-Qadiri دَامَـتْ بَـرَكَـاتُـهُـمُ الْـعَـالِـيَـهْ for review, before being presented here.
 Al-Mu’jam al-Awsaṭ: 9,292; Gheebat Ki Tabah Kariyan, p. 168