Q: Please explain the state of a person who passes away in the holy month of Ramadaan. Also the one who passes away on jumuah (Friday)?
A. Regarding death on a Friday, Sayyidina Jaabir (Radhiyallaahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said: “Whoever dies Thursday night or Friday will be freed from punishment of the grave and will appear on the Day of Qiyaamah with the stamp of the martyrs on him.” (Sharhus Sudoor p 136)
Ramadhaan contains Divine mercies, favours and blessings like no other month. There is great hope in the Mercy of Allah Ta'aala that He will grant special favour to the person who dies in this great month.
Hereunder are a few Hadeeth related to death while fasting:
Sayyidina ibni Mas'ood (Radhiyallaahu Anhu) says that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said: Whoever dies at the end of Ramadhaan will enter Jannah…
It is narrated from Sayyidina Hudhayfah (Radhiyallaahu Anhu) that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam said: … Whoever fasted for Allah and died while fasting will enter Jannah…
It is narrated from Khaythamah that it would please them greatly when a person dies after performing a virtuous act; whether Haj, Umrah, fighting in the Path of Allah or the fast of Ramadhaan.
Sayyidah Aa'ishah (Radhiyallaahu Anhaa) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said: Whoever dies while fasting will be rewarded for being in the state of fasting till Qiyaamah. (Sharhus Sudoor P136)
May Allah Ta'aala grant us death in the blessed month of Ramadhaan on a Friday, Aameen.
Moulana Yusuf Laher
Checked and approved by: Mufti Siraj Desai