Abu Bakr continued to lead the prayer. On a Monday morning, when the people were performing the dawn prayer, the Prophet of Allah peace be and blessings upon him lifted the curtain of his door and kept his gaze fixed in the worshippers for some time to see how they paid honors to the Lord. He perhaps wanted to see the results of his life‐long endeavor and struggle, training and guidance. Or, perhaps, having ever been so much fond of prayers, he wanted to know how they were enthralled and lost in prayers in his absence as they had always been in his presence. What the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him saw was extremely satisfying.
For, never had the mission of any Prophet peace be and blessings upon him been carried out to completion in that manner. It reassured him that the attachment of the community he brought up to Allah and His religion was ever durable and undying, not transient to wear away
after his death. Allah knows better how delighted he was, as his companions say, when his face was beaming with joy. They relate that “The Messenger of Allah peace be and blessings upon him lifted the
curtain and kept his eyes fixed upon them, standing on ‘Aisha’s door. It seemed as if his face was an open book.
He smiled and then laughed. We thought that we might be seduced or distracted from our prayers because perhaps, he was coming out to perform the same. But he told us to complete what we were doing and then he pulled down the curtain. And that was the day on which he died.”
INTERDICTION OF PRAYERS AT SEPULCHERS
Among the last words uttered by the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him were: “Allahʹs curse is upon the Jews and Christians for having taken their Prophets’ graves as places of worship.”
‘Aisha and Ibn ‘Abbas related that when the time for the Prophet's death drew nigh, he had a black striped sheet over him. Often, he pulled it over his face and then having felt restless, removed it. It was in this condition that he said, “Allahʹs curse is upon the Jews and Christians for having taken their Prophets’ graves as places of worship.”
He was warning the Muslims against such a practice.