Dr. Imad Hasan is a Sudanese Muslim psychiatrist that lives and works in London, England. He is also active in Dawâ€™ah-and doesnâ€™t take pride in that but rather considers it every Muslimâ€™s dutyâ€¦.A couple years ago, Dr.Imad published an interesting research â€œpaperâ€ (a 400 page book) titled â€œCattleâ€™s Earsâ€. The subject of the book isnâ€™t my point of interest right now.
In the introduction of this book, he details an amazing story of who the book is dedicated to.
Dr. Imad met Terence Sidney Casey, a 62 year old priest, through his work- the priest needed some quick, medical advice. The quick encounter became a friendship-as they exchanged ideas, thoughts and beliefs. The priest admitted to Dr.Imad that in his 41 years of work, he never once taught the idea of the â€œTrinityâ€â€“simply because he didnâ€™t believe in it. Terence also admitted that he was â€œhaneefâ€ upon the religion of Abraham.
They exchanged books. Dr. Imad presented Terence with a book about the signs of the prophethood of Mohammad (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) from earlier holy books. Terence gave Dr.Imad a Bible with both Arabic and English with a special request:
Terence had suspicions that the holy books had been tampered with and changed, he said, â€œIâ€™ve always hoped I would meet an Arab who could share their point of view to tell me if the translation of the book has been manipulated in some part.â€
They continued their discussions on religion and prophet and the whole time Terence agreed with everything Islam had to offer. Over the next two months Dr. Imad and Terenceâ€™s friendship grew stronger and it was definitely a friendship to last for years to come!
Exceptâ€“Terence was diagnosed with cancer. With only four months to live.
The day that the pair met to discuss their books was one filled with tension.
Dr.Imad: â€œAfter what you read, what is your stance on the Prophet Mohammad?â€
Terence was silent for what seemed like an eternity, especially as the cancer had now spread through his body, leaving it fragile and weak. His days were drawing to an end and there wasnâ€™t much time left.
Terence: â€œTruthfully brother Iâ€™ve been searching my entire life for the final Prophet, and Iâ€™ve found him now on my deathbed!â€
Dr.Imad then shared with Terence the ayahs from the Qurâ€™an:
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â€œâ€¦..and you will certainly find the nearest in friendship to those who believe are those who say: â€˜ We are Christians.â€™ That is because there are among them priests and monks and because they do not behave proudly. And when they hear what has been sent down to the Messenger, you see their eyes overflowing with tears because of what they recognize of the Truth. They say: â€˜ Our Lord! we believe, so write us down with the witnesses (of truth). And what (reason) have we that we should not believe in Allah and in the truth that has come to us, while we long for our Lord should cause us to enter Heaven with the righteous ones.â€™ So Allah has rewarded them for what they said Ù Gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein shall they abide forever, and that is the reward of the doers of good.â€ (AlMaidah 82-85)
By Allah, the priestâ€™s eyes overflowed with tears from what he learned from the Truth! What did Terrance say? â€œAnd what reason do I have not to believe in Allah with what has come to me from the truth, and long that my Lord allows me to enter Heaven with righteous ones!â€
Only weeks later, Terence died and left this world. And the tears did not leave Dr.Imadâ€™s eyes; Terence had left without praying one prayer or fasting one day, but he left with true Iman and belief.
In his will, Terence surprised his family with his reversion to Islam. The family thus had nobody to pray â€˜janazahâ€™ over him, for he was a Muslim! So, they asked the only Muslim they knew, Dr.Imad, to pray over him. And so, in a small village in West London, Dr.Imad prayed a One-Man-Janazah over Terence, with over 300 people witnessing. Terence left the book that Dr.Imad had given him and wrote on it: â€œTo my brother and friend Imad, I ask the lord of Ibrahim to bless you and aid you in your work, and to increase your knowledge, and inspire you to write a book that will benefit all people.â€
And that is the story of The-One-Man-Janazah.
(Story first shared by: eternallight.wordpress.com)
O you who believe! Answer Allah and (His) Messenger when he (s.a.w) calls you to that which will give you life, and know that Allah comes in between a person and his heart. And verily to Him you shall (all) be gathered" Al-Anfal: 24