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Recompense Is Based on the Voluntary Actions of the Slave

Imām Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-‘Uthaymīn

Clearing up the common notion that a Muslim dying on a Friday is a good sign.

[Q]: “I heard and read that if a Muslim dies on a Thursday night, or during the day on a Friday, he will have a good station [in Jannah]. What is your view on that? May Allāh reward you.”

[A]: The Ḥadīth which reported the merit of dying on a Friday is inauthentic, since an individual is rewarded based on his voluntary actions [i.e. actions he did out of his free will]. The death of an individual on a Friday is not by choice [i.e. is not of his free will]. If death came to him on a Thursday, he is incapable of delaying it until Friday. [Similarly,] he is incapable of expediting it to Friday, if it was written for him to die on a Saturday.

[Thus,] every Ḥadīth that mentioned the merit of dying on a particular day is inauthentic because recompense is based on the voluntary actions of the slave.

Source: هل لمن مات يوم الجمعة مزية خاصة
Translated by: Abū Wāʾil Musa Shaleem

Published: July 27, 2023
Edited: July 27, 2023

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