Souls during Ramadhan
How timely for my sister to send me an email telling about a talk on souls during the holy month. According to the talk, citing one hadith or sayings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh); when Ramadhan commences, all souls gather at a place called Luh Mahfuz. As far as I know, Luh Mahfuz is a place where our fate has been determined by God – how old we will live, our soulmate and our rezki or wealth.
Anyway, back to the talk. As Ramadhan starts, all souls gather in Luh Mahfuz to seek approval from Allah to go down to Earth. Some are permitted, some are not. Those who are allowed to go back to the Earth are those who have done good deeds throughout their lives when they were alive or those who have been blessed by prayers from either their children or relatives and friends. Those who are not allowed are those who have sinned when they were alive and have not receive any prayers from those who are still alive since.
The talk continued that the first thing these souls do when they reach Earth is to visit their own graves, to see their bodies. I would like to add here that this could be why Bruneians clean around a cemetry usually on Friday mornings and especially during the holy month, which has become a practise or tradition for them. I think if the souls are to visit during the start of Ramadhan, then the cleaning part should be done before the holy month and not during the month, yes? I am also yet to find out the significance of that air asah-asahan or the brownish-scented water usually poured over the tombs. Businesses in selling this type of water are also brisk during the holy month.
So, these souls will then pay a visit to the homes of their families – their children’s, to houses of those who receive their wasiat or will and to the houses where the occupants extend prayers for them. All in the hope that those they visited will continue to pray for them in the after-world. These visits will continue until the start of Aidil Fitri of the Eid-ul Fitri, which marks the end of Ramadhan. Usually we chanted the Takbir Hari Raya or praises to Allah as from the eve of the festival. Now I remember when I was small, my late grandmother would not allow me to do the praises during the holy month. My age of innocence.
At the start of Aidil Fitri, the souls will bid good-bye to their own bodies and to those they have visited and bring along with them all those prayers they have received throughout the holy month. The point of this talk (or post) is to always say your prayers and Al-Fatihah to the dearly departed with the hope that their souls are at peace. One famous hadith on death says that when a man dies, he is being cut-off from everything except three – prayers from the children, beneficial knowledge they acquired when they were alive and good deeds they have done.
Now as I type this, I am missing my late father, late grandparents and my late brother. Al-Fatihah for them and to those who have departed before this moment. Al-Fatihah.
“Setinggi mana kasih sayangku, Allah lebih berhak menyayangimu. Damailah engkau di sana, dibawah rahmat dan kasih-sayangNya. Sesungguhnya aku akan menyusulmu dikemudian hari. Al-Fatihah buat semua muslimin dan muslimat yang telah pergi.”