Gofin Kosia, Philadelphia, PA, 07/26/14 – All praise is due to Allah for guiding us onto this path of guidance, for we could have not, and would have not been guided out of our own way had it not been the guidance of Allah.
Allah has created mankind and made us related in one way or the other. We do have collective and individual responsibilities to ourselves and to each other.
Every day, we see our beloved parents, children, spouses and other relatives leaving us to respond to the call of the supreme Creator in the name of death.
Since it has been established that no matter how dear they are to us, we have no authority to immune them and ourselves from death, what can we do if one’s relative dies while a non-Muslim?
The Quran, being the most authentic guide for Muslims in their affairs, has been very straight as to what the living Muslim relative should and should not do for someone who dies a non-Muslim.
Prophet Ibrahim (AS) had a father who was a non-Muslim and died as such. He was severally warned by his son when he was alive but did not take heed. Allah (SWT) forbids his prophet whom he referred to as His friend (KHALIL) not to pardon on his father’s behalf.
“And Abraham prayed for his father’s forgiveness only because of a promise he had made to him, but when it became clear to him that he (his father) was an enemy to God, he disassociated himself from him……..” Surah Al-Taubah 9:114.
Prophet Mohammed (AS) lost not just an ordinary paternal uncle (ABU TALEB), but he was also his political shield whose personality and status impeded the Quraish of Mecca from harming him. He (ABU TALEB) was the father of ALI (RA).Please read how Allah stopped the best of all creatures from praying for his beloved uncle who put everything he had on the line for the holy Prophet:
“It is not fitting for the prophet and those who believe that they should pray for forgiveness for pagans even though they be of kin, after it is clear to them that they are companions of fire”. Surah 9:113
Finally, Allah is telling the prophet (Mohammed): “Whether thou (Mohammed) ask for their forgiveness or not, (their sins are not forgivable) If thou ask seventy times for their forgiveness, God Will not forgive them, because they have rejected God and His Apostle: and God Guides not those who are perversely rebellious”. Surah 9:80.
However, it is permissible for one to condole with the bereaved family with words of encouragements as a neighbor, friend or colleague. It is also permissible to pray for guidance for a non-Muslim when that person is alive. The prophet (AS) is reported to have prayed for Allah to help Islam with the conversion of one of the two strong men (Umar Ibn Al-Khataab and Amr Ibn Al-Hisaam) when they were both non-Muslims. This prayer was answered and Umar’s conversion brought in the equal amount of numbers of Muslims who were already there. There were forty (40) Muslims before Umar converted. Upon hearing this, this news brought in extra forty (40) new converts. This is one of the reasons he was called AL-FAROUQ (differentiator).
Secondly, when the prophet was rejected, physically tortured and humiliated in TAIF after the death of his beloved wife (KHADIJAH) and uncle (ABU TALEB), Allah (SWT) gave him to option if he would like their total annihilation as was done to the enemies of previous prophets and messengers, his response was not just a NO, but also followed by asking Allah (SWT) to forgive them and show them guidance. He emphasized that even if that present generation would not believe, the chance should be given to their off springs but destroying them would block that chance since they would not exist.
This is how he was exceptionally referred to by Allah (SWT) in the Quran as the one with the best moral character: “And thou (stands) on an exalted standard of character” Surah 68:4
In conclusion, I urge us all to propagate this religion with humility and good examples. Be humble and generous to everyone, especially those of our collaborators who are not Muslim. Show them your actions and they will be attracted to it. Our wordings should be matched with our actions, this is a collective responsibility of us all. We should all be good-will ambassadors and do not leave that task with only the religious scholars and imams.
Happy birth day to mama Liberia, may Allah (SWT) protect our peoples from this EBOLA and other endemic deseses, forgive our deceased, help the oppressed and make this world a better place to live.
Gofin Kosia (6466519476)
God Be With U!