Islamic Way of Alleviating Grief Over a Loved One

Q 16: What is the Islamic way of alleviating grief over the death of a loved one?

A 16: The Islamic way in this regard is to follow what was mentioned in the Qur'an. Allah (Exalted be He) said: ...but give glad tidings to As-Sâbirûn (the patient). Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: "Truly! To Allâh we belong and truly, to Him we shall return." They are those on whom are the Salawât (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones. And what the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) mentioned by his saying: No servant of Allah is afflicted with a calamity and says: Truly! To Allâh we belong and truly to Him we shall return, (Part No. 7; Page No. 212) O Allah reward me for my calamity and compensate me for it with something good, except that Allah will reward him for patience in his calamity and compensate him with something good. May Allah grant us success. May Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions!