Hadith on Last Hour: The Desire for Death

📖Sahih al-Bukhari 7115
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The Hour will not be established till a man passes by a grave of somebody and says, ‘Would that I were in his place.’ “

  • This Hadith from Sahih al-Bukhari (7115) is a narration by Abu Huraira about a statement made by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) regarding one of the signs of the Day of Judgment. According to the Hadith, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said that the Day of Judgment will not arrive until a person passes by a grave and expresses a wish to be in the place of the deceased person. This statement implies that people will become so disenchanted with the trials and tribulations of this life that they will see death as a release from their sufferings. This Hadith is related to one of the signs of the last hour, which is the weakening of people’s faith and their attachment to worldly pleasures. The Prophet (peace be upon him) is warning us that this type of thinking is a sign of spiritual weakness and that we should strive to have faith and patience in the face of life’s challenges, rather than wishing for death. The Hadith serves as a reminder that the Day of Judgment is a reality that will come upon us all, and that we should prepare for it by living a righteous life and seeking the forgiveness of Allah.