Hadith Death: The Importance of Not Wishing for Death

📖Sahih al-Bukhari 5671
Narrated Anas bin Malik: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “None of you should wish for death because of a calamity befalling 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.’ “

  • This hadith (narration) from Sahih al-Bukhari 5671 states that it is not appropriate for a person to wish for death due to any calamity that has befallen them. Instead, if someone has to wish for death, they should ask Allah to keep them alive as long as life is better for them and to let them die when death becomes better for them. The message behind this narration is that a person should not give up on life during difficult times and should continue to have hope and faith in Allah’s plan. Death should not be seen as a means of escape from problems, but rather as a natural part of life that will come when it is meant to come. The believer should always strive to make the best of their life and remain patient during times of hardship, trusting in Allah’s wisdom and mercy.