Mu’adh ibn Jabal (radiyallahu ‘anhu) welcomes death

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Could you kindly give me the Arabic text and reference for the statement made by Sayyiduna Mu’adh ibn Jabal (radiyallahu ‘anhu) welcoming death when he was passing away?



This narration is recorded in Kitabuz Zuhd of Imam Ahmad, Kitabul Muhtadarin of Imam Ibn Abid Dunya, Hilyatul Awliya and other Hadith collections.

(Kitabuz Zuhd: 1011, Kitabul Muhtadarin: 127 and Hilyatul Awliya, vol. 1 pg. 239)


Arabic text:

عن عمرو بن قيس عمن حدثه عن معاذ (رضي الله عنه) لما أن حضره الموت قال انظروا أصبحنا؟ فأتي فقيل لم تصبح قال انظروا أصبحنا فأتي فقيل لم تصبح حتى أتي في بعض ذلك، فقيل له قد أصبحت قال أعوذ بالله من ليلة صباحها إلى النار مرحبا بالموت مرحبا زائرا مغيبا حبيبا جاء على فاقة اللهم إني قد كنت أخافك فأنا اليوم أرجوك اللهم إن كنت تعلم أني لم أكن أحب الدنيا وطول البقاء فيها لكري الأنهار ولا لغرس الشجر ولكن لظمأ الهواجر ومكابدة الساعات ومزاحمة العلماء بالركب عند حلق الذكر


Gist of the narration:

When Sayyiduna Mu’adh ibn Jabal (radiyallahu ‘anhu) was on his death bed, he asked those around him to check if dawn had set in. When he was informed that dawn had set in, he said, “I seek Allah’s refuge from a night whose next day leads me to Jahannam.’ He then welcomed death and called unto Allah having hope in his mercy and stating that had no inclination to the materialistic pleasures of this world, rather he underwent hardships and spent time in the company of the learned remembering Allah.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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