Rumaythah RA said:
"I heard this subject from Rasullullah (SAW) and at that time I was so near him, that if I wanted to, I could have kissed the Seal of Prophethood." That subject is: 'Rasullullah (SAW) was talking about Sa'ad bin Mu'aadh (RA), that because of Sa'ad's death, the Arsh (Throne) of Allah also started to sway in happiness'."
There is a disagreement regarding the swinging of the Arsh.
What is the reason and what does it mean?
The above translation is in accordance with well-known sayings. Some are of the opinion that this refers to the People of the Arsh. Some are of the opinion that it is the Takht (Throne) of Sa'd bin Mu'adh RA.
As a quick background, Sa'ad bin Mu'adh RA is from among the eminent Sahabah RA. In the books of hadith many of his merits have been mentioned. Before the Hijrah, Rasullullah SAW sent Mu'adh bin Umayr RA to Madinah to teach and propagate Islam. Sa'ad bin Mu'adh RA accepted Islam at his hands. Sa'ad RA was leader of his community and as a result, his whole family accepted Islam on the same day. This was the first family in Madinah who accepted Islaam.
Sa'ad bin Mu'adh RA passed away at the age of 37 in the fifth year Hijri. 70,000 malaa'ikahs (angels) attended his janazah solat. With all this however, it appears from another Hadith also that he (RA) also went through some hardship for a while in the grave.
We should all take heed.
A person should not be lax in this matter, and should always remember Allah, repent and fear the punishment of the grave. Whenever Uthman RA passed a grave, he used to weep till his beard became drenched with tears.
Someone asked him:
"Jannah and Jahannam are also discussed, but at that time you do not weep?"
I heard Rasullullah (SAW) say:
"The grave is the first stage of the Akhirah (Hereafter); whoever goes through this easily, all the other stages become easy. And for whom this stage is difficult, all the other stages become more difficult".
Uthman RA also said:
"I also heard Rasullullah (SAW) say:
"Of all the scenes of the Akhirah that I have seen, the one of Qabr (grave) is the most difficult."