Death on a Friday

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I’ve heard that if one dies on a Friday, he/she will be saved from the punishment of the grave. Is this correct?


Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibnul ‘As (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

‘Whoever passes away on a Friday will be saved from the punishment of the grave.’

(Musnad Ahmad vol. 2 pg. 220; Hadith 7050, 6646).

Similar narrations have been reported by Sayyiduna Jabir ibn Abdullah in Hilyatul-Awliya vol. 3 pg. 181, Sayyiduna Anas ibn Malik in Abu Ya’la, Majma al-Zawa’id vol. 2 pg. 319 and others. See: Al-Maqasidul Hasanah, Hadith: 1186 and Sharhus Sudur, pg. 254.


These versions of the Hadith support each other sufficiently, and is therefore suitable.


Meaning of this Hadith

It is possible that the punishment is withheld for that day or even permanently. (Fatawa Mahmudiyyah vol. 6 pg. 62; Raddul-Muhtar vol. 2 pg. 165)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon 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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