It is often seen that when people face calamities or hardships, they wish for death by saying things like, ‘I wish I were dead’. Is it permitted to do this?
To wish for death is not permitted. We should not wish for
death when facing any calamity or adversity as we have been commanded not to do so, and if one is in a situation where one feels completely helpless, then he should say what has been mentioned in the Hadith Shareef.
Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم said, ‘None from amongst you should desire (i.e. wish for death) because of some calamity which befalls you and if you do desire death then say, ‘O Allah! Until such time that Living is best for me, keep me alive, and when death is best for me then give me death.’
Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم arrived (to visit him) and Hazrat Ab’bas RadiAllahu Ta’ala Anhu was ill so he wished for death.
He صلى الله عليه وسلم said ‘(Dear) Uncle! Do not wish for death because if you are a pious person then to die later means more good deeds and this is better (for you). If you are bad person then to die later and repent from sins is good. Thus one should never wish for death.’
Book: THE APPROACHING OF DEATH
This is Book One in the Janaazah Series and has been extracted from the Bahaar e Shariat of Huzoor Sayyidi Sadrush Shariah Radiallahu Ta’ala Anhu and from other authentic books, such as the Sharhus Sudoor of Imam Jalaalud’deen As Suyuti Radiallahu Ta’ala Anhu
Translated by: Muhammad Afthab Cassim Qaadiri Razvi Noori