How could it be that an 'Abd ( an obedient servant of Allah ), who has completely reached the state of Ihsān (spiritual excellence) still hates death?
In reply to the following query:
[In the hadith qudsi: "I do not hesitate about anything as much as I
hesitate about [seizing] the soul of My faithful servant: he hates death
and I hate hurting him."]
I have read the above hadith many times over the part i don't understand
is "he hates death and I hate hurting him" why an Abd who has completely reached the state of Ihsan (spiritual excellence), hates death. Is not death for us muslims a return to our beloved Allah according to Innā Lillāhi- wa innā ilaihi rājiūn.
He hates death because he is not sure of what will follow, just as the
Sahaba whose typical state on the deathbed was restlessness between hope
He also hates death because it is the end of his good works and
the beginning of his judgment, in fact death is called the minor Qiyama.
He also hates death because it is a time of trial and the Prophet ﷺ
The agony of death is a reality. (sakarat al-mawt haqq)
hates death because, as reported from Sayyidina ʿUthman (ra), the Prophet
ﷺ said he had not seen anything more horrific than the questioning of
the grave.... Yes there is love of meeting one's Lord, but it is a long
way yet between the last breath and that blessed moment.
May Allah ease
for us the throes of death; grant us to remember Him in our last breath;
widen for us our descent into the earth; console our fear with familiarity
inside our grave; make firm our answers to the two angels; be with us with
His Mercy upon rising, shade us with His Throne at the Station of
Judgment, support us on the Bridge and at the Balance lest we are found
wanting and slip, and conduct us safely to Dar al-Qarar to be with the
Excellent Company! Amin.
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