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Death and Wordly Life

I read these as a reminder to myself (as I need many) but I thought I would share. Reading how the pious of the past thought of and perceived death is very eye opening and admirable.. I say admirable because surely, those who are always mindful of death are on a road to success in the hereafter. May we all attain great success in the Hereafter and have Jannah as our home of settlement. AMEEN.


‎بِسْــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِالرَّحْمَنِ اارَّحِيم

Al-Hasan said: “In the life of this world the believer is like a captive, doing his best to free himself, and not feeling any security until he meets the All-Mighty Allah.”
Shumail Ibn `Ajlan said: “Whoever considers death before his eyes, does not bother whether he lives in luxury or in hardship.”



Dawood, alayhi salam:

“I weep before the day of weeping. I weep before it is too late to weep.”

(at-Takhwif, p.164)


Abu Haazim Salamah Ibn Dinar:

“Look at every act that you would hate to die while commenting, and then abandon it.”

(Al-Musannaf AbdiRazzaaq, 7/194)



“Make your grave your treasury, which you fill with as much good works as you can. When you end up in it, you will surely be pleased with what it has kept for you.”

(Az-Zuhd, by al-Baihaqi, p. 229)


‘ Live as long as you want, but you must die;

Love whatever you want, but you will become separated from it;

And do what you want, but you will be repaid for it’- Imam Ghazali (ra)


Wahb ibn Munabbih said: ”Whoever claims to be smart, but does not concentrate on the Hereafter, is lying”.
When Salman was dying, he wept and the people asked: “Why do you weep?” You are the Companion of the Prophet. He replied: “I don’t weep desiring this life or regretting departure therefrom, but Allah’s Messenger has commanded us and we disobeyed him.” He said that: “The man from among us should have provisions in this life just like that of a traveller, only enough for his journey.”
Mutarrif bin Abdullah said, “If I knew when my life would end, I fear that I would lose my mind. Allah has granted His slaves the favour of forgetting death, otherwise, they would not enjoy life or erect marketplaces. (out of fear of it). ”

It is reported that the night before he was martyred, Husayn bin ‘Ali bin Abi Talib رضي الله عنهماsaid the following words:

أُوفِي لَكَ يَا دَهْرُ مِنْ خَلِيلِيكَمْ لَكَ بِيإِشْرَاقِي وَأَصِيلِيمِنْ صَاحِبٍ أَوْ طَالَبٍ كَفِيلِيوَالدَهْرُ لَا يَتْرُكُ بِالْبَدِيلِيإِنٌمَا الْأَمْرُإِلَى الْجَلِيلِيوَكُلُ حَيْئٍ مِثْلُ الْسَبِيلِي

“O’ Time! What an awful friend you are! For all those who have pursued you, you have killed them by day and night And you have always attained your target, And the time does not leave replacement for it,Verily all matters will go back to the Sublime One, And every person who is living will walk my path.”


“Glad tidings to the one who leaves the dunya before it leaves him, prepares for his grave before he enters it, and pleases his Lord before he meets Him.”

[Yahya ibn Muadh]


‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan (radiAllahu anhu) said,”Worrying about the dunya is a darkness in the heart, while worrying about the akhirah is a light in the heart.”


It is reported that Al-Hasan Al-Basrī – Allāh have mercy on him – once said during the funeral of a man:

May Allāh have mercy on the man who works for the likes of this day; for today you are able to do what these brothers of yours, the residents of these graves, cannot do. So make full use of your health and free time before the day of distress and accounts comes upon you.

Ibn Abī Al-Dunyā, Dhamm Al-Dunyā article 53.


‘Amr Ibn Abdullah (radiy Allah hu anhu) said:

“The life of this world and the Hereafter, in the heart of a person, are like the

two scales of a balance, when the one becomes heavier the

other becomes lighter.”



Abdullah Ibn Al-Mubarak said: “O man! Prepare yourself for the Hereafter, obey Allah to the extent of your need for Him and anger Him to the extent of your patience in Hell.”

A man wrote to a brother: “Brother, you think that you are a permanent resident in this life, whereas you are in a continuing journey in which you are driven rapidly. Death is moving towards you, and life is being rolled up behind you. What has gone of your life-span will never return to you.”