I don’t feel like living anymore, what should I do Islamic?
Question: The time when someone is unwell, unworthy of being better, like chronic fever [madquq], there is no hope of living anymore, what should he do as per Islamic view? And what should the family members and friends do?
Questioner: Hakimullah Bakhsh, Jashpur in India
بَابُ مَنْ أَحَبَّ لِقَاءَ اللَّهِ أَحَبَّ اللَّهُ لِقَاءَهُ وَمَنْ كَرِهَ لِقَاءَ اللَّهِ كَرِهَ اللَّهُ لِقَاءَهُ
The noble companions said, “O Messenger of Allah! Who is amongst us who does not dislike death?” He said, “This is not what it means. Rather it applies when the last breath arises on the chest. The moment he loves meeting Allah, Allah shall love meeting him. And dislike is then disliked.”
Your responsibility, be it prayer, fasting or zakat whatever remains, involve yourself immediately as per your capability. You did not perform the hajj and it is your duty [fard] then do not postpone. If there is no strength due to illness, perform the hajj by compensating for it. If there is no strength until the last breath, it will be fulfilled, otherwise, if you gain strength, then fulfil it yourself. Whatever may be fulfilled of societal rights [huquq al-ibad], fulfil it. Whoever is there to seek forgiveness, seek their forgiveness, and do not make any real delay in this, for this does not ease it even with martyrdom. No matter how humble you must be to seek forgiveness, do not think it hurts your honour. There is no dishonour in this. Dishonour is that on the day when you are before the Noble Divine Presence in such a state that you have suppressed another’s right, slandered him, gossiped, beaten him, whilst the rightful is embraced by him, his good deeds have been given to him, his sins will be fixed on him and he will be thrown into hellfire––Allah’s refuge is sought! Until there is life, listen and see often the translations of the verses and ahadith of fear. And when the time approaches, let him hear the verses and ahadith, along with the translation, so he will know to whom he is going so that he rises to his Lord with a good opinion. May Allah fortunate him through the means of his noble beloved (peace be upon him). And Allah knows best.
13-Ramadan-1338 || ≈ 1-Jun-1920
al-‘Ataya al-Nabawiyyah fi’l-Fatawa al-Ridawiyyah: vol. 9, p. 81, #1
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