Prohibition against wishing for death


I am searching for the Hadith which states ‘None of you should wish for death, rather recite a du’a.’



The Hadith in question is as follows:

Sayyiduna Anas ibn Malik (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “None of you should wish for death because of some harm/calamity which has befallen him. If he has no way out, he should say, ‘O Allah, keep me alive for as long as life is best for me and allow me to pass away when death is best for me.”

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 5671, Sahih Muslim, 2680 with slight variation in the wording)


The Arabic text of the du’a:

اللَّهُمَّ أَحْيِنِي مَا كَانَتِ الحَيَاةُ خَيْرًا لِي وَتَوَفَّنِي إِذَا كَانَتِ الوَفَاةُ خَيْرًا لِي

Allahumma ahyini ma kanatil hayatu khayral li wa tawaffani idha kanatil wafatu khayral li


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar