For Those Left Behind - Omar Suleiman

Upon visiting the graves of family and friends, you get to finally realise that you do not go there to bid farewell, instead it is to say: “See you soon.”

You pray upon them until one day, you are prayed upon, you visit
them until you are visited. But you still love them and long for their company and wonder about them, while you are still in this dunya.

Where are they? Do they know how I am feeling? Do they know when I visit them? Do they hear me? What should I be doing to make things better for them? And what should I be doing to make things better for myself, while I wait to hopefully join them, in the company of the righteous?

This short book takes you on a journey of knowledge, wisdom and guidance for those left behind.


"To Allah belongs that which He has taken, and that which He has given.
And everything is with Allah in accordance with
its prescribed time. So be patient and seek reward [from Allah]."

Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم


You entered this world with the call to prayer (adhān) being recited over you, but without any prayer (ṣalāh). When you depart from this world, there will be a prayer read over you, but there will be no call to prayer.

The contrast between these two grand events has much significance. It is as if to say that the fleeting life which you experience in this world is as short as the duration between the call to prayer and the prayer itself!


This book will take you on the journey that is life after a death.



1. The Janāzah
2. The Burial
3. The Best Du'as
4. The Best Deeds on Their Behalf
5. Where Are They?
6. Are They With Each Other?
7. Do They Hear Me When I Visit?
8. Do They Know What Is Happening to Me?
9. What If I Dream About Them?
10. Are They Considered Shuhadā’?
11. Losing a Child
12. Condolences
13. The Widow
14. Women Praying Janāzah
15. How Do I Move On?

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Omar Suleiman is the Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and Professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University.