Remembrance of death

Hadith & Seerah, The Teachings of the Holy Prophet, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Thursday, January 28th, 2010

In a lengthy tradition, Hadrat Abu Sa’d al-Kudri narrated that one day, the Messenger of ALLAH came to the mosque from his home for performing Salaah and he saw people looking as if they were bursting into laughter (in the mosque) (and this was the sign of excessive carelessness). So the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said (for their guidance), “If you were to keep much in remembrance death which is the cutter-off of pleasures it would distract you from what I see. So keep death much in remembrance. [Jam-e-Tirmiz, Ma’arif-ul-Hadis]

Hadrat Anas (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the Messenger of ALLAH came upon a young man at a time when he was dying and asked. “How do you find yourself at the moment? He replied “O Messenger of ALLAH! I am in such a state of mind that I am hopeful of Allah’s mercy and at the same time am apprehensive of punishment and torture for my sins”. The Messenger of ALLAH said, be sure, that in whose heart, there are feelings of both hope and fear (at the time of death) then ALLAH, the Magnificent would certainly bestow upon him what he is expecting from His bounty and would keep him in security from punishment of which he is afraid and fearful.’ [Jame-Tirmizi Ma’arif-ul-Hadis]

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