THE AUTHORITY OF CHOOSINGHIS صلى الله عليه وسلم DEMISE.

 According to Aysha : “I used to hear (from the Prophet ) that no Prophet dies
until he is given the option to choose between the worldly life
and the life Hereafter. I heard the Prophet in his illness before
his demise, with his voice becoming hoarse, saying, ‘{In the
company of those (spiritual dignitaries on the Last Day) whom
Allah 9 has blessed with His (special) favor…… (to the end of the Thereupon, I thought that the Prophet
had been given the option (regarding demise).”
Agreed upon by al-Bukhari and al-Muslim.

 Set forth by al-Bukhari in al-Sahih, Bk.: al-Maghazi,[Military Expeditions],
2/638, $ 4171.al-Muslim in al-Sahih, Bk.: Fadhail al-Sihabah, [Merits of
Companions], 2/286, $ 2444.Ibn Ma’ja in al-Sunan, Bk: al-Janaiz, [Funeral
ceremonies], 6/117, $ 1620. Malik in al-Mu’watta, 2:117 , $ 47. al-Hindi in
Kanz al-U’maal, 11/47666, $ 32243.
Verse)[an-Nisa:69]} .’ 

Ibn Shihaab narrated that Saye’d b. al-Musayib and
Urwah b. Zubayr narrated from Ayshar in a gathering of
knowledgeable people.
“When Allah’s Messenger was healthy, he used to say,
‘No Prophet dies until he is shown his place in Paradise, and then
he is given the option (to live or die).’ So when the time of his
demise approached (during his illness), and while his head was on
my thigh, he became unconscious for a while, and when he
recovered, he fixed his eyes on the ceiling and said, ‘O Allah! (Let
me join) the Highest Companions.’ I said, ‘So, he does not
choose us.’ Then I realized that it was the application of the
statement he used to relate to us when he was healthy. So, that
was his last word he delivered (before he died), i.e., ‘O Allah! (Let
me join) the Highest Companions.’”
Agreed upon by al-Bukhari and al-Muslim.

 Set forth by al-Bukhari in al-Sahih, Bk.: al-Da’waat,[The onvokings],
5/2337, $ 5988. And also Bk.: al-Raqaiq, 5/2387, $ 6144. al-Muslim in alSahih, Bk.: Fadhail al-Sihabah, [Merits of Companions], 4/1894, $ 2444.
Ahmed b. Hanbal in al-Musnad ,6/89, $ 24627. al-Tabarani in al-Musnad
al-Shamiyeen, 4/195, $ 3087.Ibn Sa’d in al-Tabaqaat al-Kubra,2/229. alAsqalani in Fath al-Bari,8/137, $ 4171. al-A’yni in al-Umdat al-Qari, 18/64, $
427.

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