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The Bequest of Muḥammad ibn Aslam al-Ṭūsī on His Deathbed

Imām Ibn al-Jawzī

A valuable lesson on humility at one’s deathbed.

Narrated by Muḥammd ibn al-Qāsim, the servant of Muḥammad ibn Aslam al-Ṭūsī, who said: “I entered upon him four days before his death. He said to me: “Come here and allow me to give you glad tidings of the good Allāh has done for your brother: Death has descended upon me and Allāh has blessed me to possess but a single dirham for which I am accountable. So shut that door, and do not grant entry to anyone so that I may die. And know that I am leaving this dunyá without any inheritance save for my clothing, my wool [blanket], my vessel which I use to perform wuḍūʾ, and my books.”

He also had a small box that held approximately thirty dirhams. He said: “This belongs to my son. It was a gift from one of his relatives. I do not know if a proportion of it is permissible for me because the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: “You and your wealth belong to your father”.1 So use it to purchase my grave wrappings. If you are able to purchase that which covers my ʿawrah for ten dirhams, then do not purchase for me that which costs fifteen. And spread my wool [blanket] over my corpse, cover my clothing with it, and donate my vessel to charity. Give it to a poor person such that he may use it to perform wuḍūʾ.”

He died four days later.

[1] Authentic by corroboration: narrated by Ibn Mājah: 64 and graded authentic by corroborative narrations by Shaykh al-Albānī in al-Taʿlīqāt al-Ḥisān: 411.

Source: Al-Thabāt: 162-163
Translated by: Riyāḍ al-Kanadī

Published: February 29, 2024
Edited: March 1, 2024

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