Hadith on Afraid: The Repentance and Forgiveness of a Sinner

📖Sahih al-Bukhari 3481
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “A man used to do sinful deeds, and when death came to him, he said to his sons, ‘After my death, burn me and then crush me, and scatter the powder in the air, for by Allah, if Allah has control over me, He will give me such a punishment as He has never given to anyone else.’ When he died, his sons did accordingly. Allah ordered the earth saying, ‘Collect what you hold of his particles.’ It did so, and behold! There he was (the man) standing. Allah asked (him), ‘What made you do what you did?’ He replied, ‘O my Lord! I was afraid of You.’ So Allah forgave him. ” Another narrator said “The man said, Fear of You, O Lord!”

  • This Hadith from Sahih al-Bukhari 3481 narrated by Abu Huraira tells the story of a man who used to commit sinful deeds in his lifetime. When he was on his deathbed, he instructed his sons to burn his body, crush the remains into powder, and scatter it in the air, expressing his fear that if Allah had control over him, He would punish him severely. After his death, Allah commanded the earth to collect the particles of his body, and the man was restored to life. When asked by Allah why he had done what he did, the man replied that he was afraid of Allah. As a result of his genuine fear and repentance, Allah forgave him.

This Hadith emphasizes the importance of sincere repentance and fear of Allah’s punishment. It also highlights Allah’s mercy and forgiveness for those who truly turn to Him in repentance, regardless of the severity of their sins. It serves as a reminder for Muslims to be mindful of their actions, seek forgiveness from Allah for their wrongdoings, and have a genuine fear of Allah’s punishment while also having hope in His mercy.