Statements on Death by the Pious Predecessors – Sharhus Sudoor

Muslim Grave1. Hazrat Abu Dardah (Radi Allahu anhu) reported, ‘(Soon) After (listening to) an eloquent piece of advice (people) quickly become oblivious. Death is sufficient as advice. Time is sufficient to cause separation. Today we are in our homes and tomorrow we shall be in our graves.’

2. Hazrat Raja’ bin Hayaat (Radi Allahu anhu) reported, ‘One who remembers death frequently will forget jealousy and (worldly) pleasures.’


1. This Hadith Shareef clearly explains that if we have love for our wealth, then our hearts will be attached to it. It is for this reason that the mystics have said, Keep your wealth in your hands and not in your heart.

3. Tabrani reports from Hazrat Tariq Mahaaribi (Radi Allahu anhu) that he said that Rasoolullah (Sallallahu ta ala alayhi wa sallam) told him, ‘Prepare for death before death comes (to you).’

4. Hazrat Awn bin Abdullah (Radi Allahu anhu) says, ‘One who really knows about death, never includes the next day in his life because many people who are alive in the beginning of the day, do not complete the day. Also many people who expect to see tomorrow, never tend to realise this expectation, and if you had to observe death and its speed, then your expectations (aspirations) and arrogance would fade away.’

5. Hazrat Abu Haazim (Radi Allahu anhu) says, ‘Divorce yourself from that which causes you to look critically at death, so that it may not be the cause of torment for you after your death.’

Hazrat Umar bin Abdul Aziz (Radi Allahu anhu) reported, ‘When death becomes close to a person’s heart, he starts to think of his wealth as being excessive.’

7. Hazrat Raja’ bin Nuh (Radi Allahu anhu) reports that Umar bin Abdul Aziz (Radi Allahu anhu) wrote to his family saying, ‘If you are conscious of (your) death night and day, then every ending thing will seem worthless to you and you will love everything which will remain.’

8. Hazrat Majmi’ Tameemi (Radi Allahu anhu) reported, ‘The remembrance of death is the basis to wealth and contentment.’

9. Samayt (Radi Allahu anhu) reported, ‘One who has made death his ideal (goal), will not care about abundance, or shortage, or worldly things.’

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10. Hazrat Ka’ab (Radi Allahu anhu) reported, ‘For the one who recognises death, the hardships and sorrows of the world become easy upon him.’

11. Hazrat Hasan (Radi Allahu anhu) reported, ‘The world seems insignificant in the sight of one who remembers death.’

12. Hazrat Qatadah (Radi Allahu anhu) reported, ‘there are glad tidings for one who remembers death.’

13. Maalik bin Dinar (Radi Allahu anhu) said, ‘The remembrance of death is sufficient (to take one towards) a life of goodness.’

14. A woman complained to Sayyidah A’isha Siddiqa (Radi Allahu anha) that she had become hard-hearted. She (Radi Allahu anha) said, ‘Think of death abundantly.’

15. It is reported from Abu Haazim (Radi Allahu anhu) that he said, ‘O Man! You will only attain (true) realisation after death.’

16. Hazrat Ali (Radi Allahu anhu) said, ‘The world is a place for Deeds. After death, both you and I will realise (this).’ Rasoolullah (Sallallahu ta ala alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘The best (form of) contentment in this world is the remembrance of death and the best Ibaadat is reflection. The grave of a person, who becomes fearful by remembering death, will become a garden of Jannat.’

17. Hazrat Ali (Radi Allahu anhu) said, ‘People are asleep, (and) they will (only) awaken after they die.’

18. Hafez Abul Fadl Iraqi (Radi Allahu anhu) has beautifully said,

 وانما الناس نيام من يمت منهم ازال الموت عن ةوسن ه

In other words, And (most) certainly people are asleep Death will end the sleep of those who die amongst them Huzoor (Sallallahu ta ala alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘whosoever dies, is ashamed’. The people said, ‘Ya Rasool’Allah (Sallallahu ta ala alayhi wa sallam) ! Why is he ashamed?’ He (Sallallahu ta ala alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘If he was a pious person, then he would be ashamed as to why he did not do more good deeds and if he is a sinful person, then he would be ashamed as to why he did not abstain from sinful actions.’

Excerpt From The Book : Sharhus Sudoor
by Imam Jalaluddin Al-Suyuti (Radi Allahu anhu)
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