Hadrat Abû Bakr kissed him

The blessed face and all the limbs of the Messenger of Allah were elegant, clean, and luminous like a halo. Hadrat Abû Bakr kissed him, saying, “O Rasûlullah! You are so beautiful, dead or living!” He wept bitterly. He put the veil back on the Prophet’s blessed face. He consoled the people in the house. He went to the Masjîd-i sherîf. Mounting the pulpit, he delivered a homily to the Ashâb-i kirâm. He praised Allahu ta’âlâ and after reciting salât to our Master, Rasûl-i akram (sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam) he said, “Whoever believed in Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’ should know that Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’ passed away. Whoever worships Allahu ta’âlâ, know that Allahu ta’âlâ is Hayy (Ever-living) and Bâqî (He does not die, He is eternal)” and then he recited the 144th âyat-i karîma of the Âl-i Imrân Sûra, which purports, “Muhammad (‘alaihis-salâm) is a Messenger. There were also messengers who had come before him. He shall also die. Will you apostatize, if he passes away or he is killed? If one of you abandons the religion, it does no harm to Allahu ta’âlâ but it does harm to himself. Allahu ta’âlâ gives rewards to those who are constant in their religion.” Advising the Ashâbi kirâm, all was restored to normal. Thus they all believed that Rasûlallah had died. Sorrow and grief struck the hearts of the Companions like a poisonous dagger. Eyes were weeping, tears were flowing and the fire of separation deeply wounded all hearts. The Ashâb-i kirâm ‘alaihim-ur-ridwân,’ firstly elected Hadrat Abû Bakr as Khalîfa (Caliph) for maintaining order and managing all affairs. Then they paid homage to him and began to obey according to his orders. Our Master Rasûl-i akram passed away in the 11th year of Hegira (632 A.D.), on the 12th of the month of Rabi-ul awwal, on Monday forenoon. At that time, he was 63 years old according to the Lunar Year and 61 years old according to the solar year. Hadrat Ali, Hadrat Abbâs, Hadrat Fadl bin Abbâs, Hadrat Qusam bin Abbâs, Hadrat Usâma bin Zayd and Hadrat Salih washed our Master, the Prophet. During the washing, there was such a scent of musk that had permeated from the blessed body of our Prophet, there were none who had ever smelt such a scent up to that time. Then, they enshrouded him. His body was carried on a bench seat to the masjid. As our beloved Prophet had previously commanded, everybody went out of the masjid. Angels came in groups and performed his prayer. After the angels’ prayer were completed, a sound from an unknown source said, “Go in! Perform the prayer of your Prophet!” Thereupon the Companions entered the Mesjid. They performed our Prophet’s prayer without an imam. They were only able to complete the performance of the prayers by Wednesday evening. Regarding the digging of the blessed grave of our beloved Prophet, the Ashâb-i kirâm abided by the following hadîth-i sherîf which they were reminded of by Hadrat Abû Bakr: “Prophets are buried wherever they pass away.” Our Prophet was properly interred halfway through Wednesday night in the grave, the tomb of which was dug by Hadrat Abû Talha-i Ansârî. Hadrat Abbâs’s son Qusam was the last to complete the duties in the grave and was the last out of the grave. He said, “I am the last one who saw the blessed face of Rasûlullah. His blessed lips were moving. I leaned over and gave ear to him. He was invoking, “O my Rabb! My Ummat (Community)!… O my Rabb! My Ummat (Community)!…”
On the day that our beloved Prophet passed away, Hadrat Abdullah bin Zayd prayed by saying, “O my Rabb! I would need my eyes to look at the blessed shining face of your beloved Prophet. As he is invisible now, I will not need them any longer! O my Rabb, take my eyes!” and lost his sight…


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