Hadith about Death

Death is one of the truths that is believed to be undeniable in the whole World. Many verses of the Holy Quran talks about death, there are also many Hadiths, and here we will talk about one Hadith about death. If we say Hadith about death it doesn’t mean it is the only Hadith, but there are many other Hadiths that were said by Allah’s Messenger (SAW). To talk about Hadith about Death, we should first know the meaning of Death in Islam.

Definition of Death in Islam:

Definition of death in Islamic religion differs from any other religion. “Death” definition in Islam means the transition from life in this World to a real eternal life in Hereafter.

The fate of people after Death:

In the Hereafter there is Paradise and fire that have no third. People will enter Heaven or Hell, we ask Allah to protect us from the torment of Hell. We all know that who works righteous will enter Jannah, and whoever does Evil will enter Hell. This will be clear when we recite this great verse:

مَّنْ عَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَلِنَفْسِهِ ۖ وَمَنْ أَسَاءَ فَعَلَيْهَا ۗ وَمَا رَبُّكَ بِظَلَّامٍ لِّلْعَبِيدِ

His Verse means that whoever does good works is for himself. Allah Almighty has promised us to win Jannah if we obey His rules.

وَلَا تَحْسَبَنَّ الَّذِينَ قُتِلُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ أَمْوَاتًا ۚ بَلْ أَحْيَاءٌ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ يُرْزَقُونَ

The translation of this verse is: “And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision” (Quran, 3:169).

Hadith about Death:


عن أنس  قال: قال رسول الله : ” لا يتمنينّ أحدكم الموت لضُر أصابه، فإن كان لابدّ فاعلاً فليقل: اللهم أحيني ما كانت الحياة خيراً لي، وتوفني إذا كانت الوفاة خيراً لي “ متفق عليه.

The translation of this Hadith is:

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “None of you should wish for death because of a calamity befalls him; but if he has to wish for death, he should say: “O Allah! Keep me alive as long as life is better for me, and let me die if death is better for me.’ “

Simple explanation of the Hadith:

This Hadith about Death is great that not only talks about death, but it also speaks of patience. The meaning of this Hadith is that when a person wishes death due to the calamity of his injury, this indicates impatience and dissatisfaction with God’s judgment.   Therefore, every Muslim must be patient with all calamities, and thank God for all circumstances. This Hadith about death also shows that some people think that Death is a comfort to them from the World, but sometimes it is the opposite. As Muslims, we must love to meet Allah so Allah will love to meet us.

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: من أحب لقاء الله أحب الله لقاءه، ومن كره لقاء الله كره الله لقاءه

The translation of this hadith is:
“Whoever loves to meet Allah, Allah loves to meet him, and whoever hates to meet Allah, Allah hates to meet him.” In this World, we must do good deeds and love to meet Allah, but not to wish for death. We should here note that wishing to die because of a misfortune is forbidden, but wishing to die for fear of sedition is not forbidden. The Prophet (SAW) also commended longevity when He said:

خیر الناس من طال عمره وحسن عمله، وأن شر الناس من طال عمره وساء عمله

“The best of people are long-lived and well-done, and that the evil of long-lived people and their work are bad.” We hope that Allah will be pleased with us, and introduce us to Firdaws.   See More : Hadith on patience  

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