Hadith on Mercy: The Repentance of the Sinful Man

📖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 is a narration from Sahih al-Bukhari, a book of hadith (recorded sayings and actions of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)). The narration tells the story of a man who was sinful during his lifetime and asked his sons to burn and crush his body after his death and scatter the ashes in the air. The man believed that if Allah had control over him, he would punish him severely. After the man’s death, Allah commanded the earth to collect his particles. When the particles were collected, the man was brought back to life, and Allah asked him why he did what he did. The man replied that he was afraid of Allah, and Allah forgave him. The meaning of this narration is that no matter how sinful a person may have been during their lifetime, Allah is Merciful and Forgiving. If a person sincerely repents and seeks forgiveness, Allah will forgive them. However, it is important to strive to do good deeds during one’s lifetime and avoid sinning as much as possible, as this is the path that leads to success in the hereafter.