Wishing to Die; Allowed or Not?

Guidelines Islamic Shariah: Hi all readers! Have you ever wished to die because of your plagues, such as poverty, pain, heartbreak, and so on? If so, then don’t ever do that again. In Islam, it is strictly prohibited. There are several things about it (the legality of wishing to die) that I will explain in this article.

As usual, before I explain the legality of wishing to die further, I will quote one hadith that is specifically related to our discussion. The hadith I mean is as follows;

عَنْ أَنَسٍ بْنِ مَالِكٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : لَا يَتَمَنَّيْنَ أَحَدُكُمْ الْمَوْتَ لِضُرٍّ نَزَلَ بِهِ , فَإِنْ كَانَ لَابُدَّ مُتَمَنِّيًا فَلْيَقُلْ : اللَّهُمَّ اَحْيِنِيْ مَا كَانَتْ الْحَيَاةُ خَيْراً لِيْ , وَتَوَفَّنِيْ مَا كَانَتْ الْمَمَاتُ خَيْراً لِيْ . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ

From Anas bin Malik radliyallahu ‘anhu, he said, “Messenger of Allah sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “One of you must not wish death because of the calamity that he has. If he has to wish, then he should say, “O my Lord, live me if life is good for me, and kill me if death is good for me.” The hadith is narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.


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There are some important things about the above hadith that we need to know;

  1. The hadith explains that a person is forbidden to wish to die because of the calamity that abounds in himself, such as illness, poverty, fear of enemies, and so forth.
  2. The hadith explains, that someone is required to always rely on Allah in every condition.
  3. The hadith explains that one is recommended to choose the best prayer.
  4. A person is permitted to wish death only for a purpose justified by Islam.

All Readers! That is a brief explanation of the legality of wishing to die. Now, do you all understand? If you don’t understand, please ask!

I think that is enough for this article. May be useful!

See you again in the next article!


Hasan Sulaiman an-Nuri and Alawi Abbas al-Maliki, Ibaanatu al-Ahkaam Syarhu Buluughi al-Maraam, Vol. II, Dar al-Fikr Publishing, Beirut, 2004, p. 147-149.


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