Allah and His Messenger, peace be upon him, encourage us to contemplate death and be ready for it with good deeds. This is regarded as a sign of goodness.
Ibn 'Umar reports: "I came to the Prophet (pbuh) and I was the tenth of the first ten people (who embraced Islam). A man from among the Ansar got up and said: "O Prophet of Allah, who is the most sagacious and the most prudent among the people?" He replied: "Those who are most aware of death and prepare themselves for it. They are the wisest of people and will have honor in this world and a generous reward in the Hereafter."
Ibn 'Umar also said that Allah's Messenger (pbuh) said: "You should remember the reality that brings an end to all worldly joys and pleasures, namely, death."
Ibn Mas'ud narrated that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) explained the following words of Allah, the Exalted: "The hearts of those whom Allah wills to guide, He opens to Islam." This means, the Messenger explained, that, "When the light (of truth) enters the heart it expands and opens up." The Companions asked: "Is there any evidence of this (in the life of a Muslim)?" He replied: "Being ever mindful of the eternal life of the Hereafter, and remaining at guard in this life of delusion, and preparing oneself for death before it comes." (This is reported by Ibn Jarir through different chains each of which strengthens the other.)
It is reported
by Abdurrahman ibn Abu Bakrah on the authority of his father that a man
"O Messenger of Allah! Who is the best of all people?" He replied, "He who lives long and does good deeds." The man asked, "And who is the worst of men?" The Prophet (PBUH) replied: "He who lives long but commits evil." (Narrated by Ahmad and at-Tirmidhi)
Abu S'aeed Al Khudri (R.A.A.) relates that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) said: "The world is green and sweet (i.e. it is full of riches and captivation) and Allah will appoint (as His) vicegerent in it, and will see how you behave. Then beware of this world and the women (i.e. shun indulgence in the world and sexual misbehavior and licentiousness)." (Narrated by Muslim)
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