Thinking about death will make you rush to do good deeds.


Allah ta’ala says in Surah As-Sajdah:

وَلَوْ تَرَىٰ إِذِ الْمُجْرِمُونَ نَاكِسُو رُءُوسِهِمْ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ رَبَّنَا أَبْصَرْنَا وَسَمِعْنَا فَارْجِعْنَا نَعْمَلْ صَالِحًا إِنَّا مُوقِنُونَ

If you could but see when the criminals are hanging their heads before their Lord, [saying], “Our Lord, we have seen and heard, so return us [to the world]; we will work righteousness. Indeed, we are [now] certain.” [32:12]

This reminds me of a story Sheikh Waleed Basyouni shared with us at IlmSummit:

Hasan Al-Basri (rahimahullah) saw a janazah and said, “What do you think the dead man is wishing now?”

Someone responded, “His greatest wish is that he comes back to the dunya to do good deeds.”

He replied, “If this is the case, then we have not reached the level of the dead person yet because we are not wishing that yet.”


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