Is dying in Ramadan or on Jumuah has a special value?
It is customary in our society that to believe if someone dies on the day of Jumuah or in the month of Ramadan, there is Paradise for that servant. We believe dying in Ramadan is a happy thing for a person. However, there is no good news for the dead person to attain Paradise or to be saved from the torment of Hell. But it is narrated in some hadiths that a believing Muslim who dies on the day of Jumuah or in the month of Ramadan will be kept free from the torment of the grave.
Hadith about dying in Ramadan and on the day of Jumuah
Narrated Abdullah bin Umar (R): The Prophet (SAW) said, “Whoever dies on the day or night of Jumuah or in the month of Ramadan, Allah will surely protect him from the fitnah of the grave.” (Musnad Ahmad, Tirmidhi)
Explaining this hadith regarding dying in Ramadan, the scholars have said that here the fitnah means the interrogation of the Munkar-Nakir in the grave or the torment of the grave. Abu Nu’aim has narrated another hadith from Jabir (R) in his book Hilyah, which clearly mentions the torment of the grave.
The bottom line is that the person who lives a life of faith and dies, no matter what day or month he dies, success in the Hereafter will kiss his feet, InshaAllah. That is why in the Qur’an every verse of the good news of Paradise speaks of faith and good deeds. And it also announces all the blessings of Paradise.
The judgment of the Hereafter will be in exchange for faith and deeds
Again the question of many is whether Muslim or non-Muslim; Those who do good deeds and welfare work in the society, will not get any reward for their work in the hereafter?
Allah has given the answer to this question in clear language in many places in the Quran. In the Hereafter, there is a reward for all good and benevolent deeds. But the condition is that all these good deeds must be done with faith. Because the deeds without faith have no value in the sight of Allah.
In this context, Allah says, “By time! Surely all people are at a loss. Except those who believe and do righteous deeds.” (103: 1-2)
In another verse, Allah says: “Indeed, those who believe and done righteous deeds – they will have the Gardens of Paradise as a lodging,” (18: 107)
Therefore, the bottom line is that none can say for sure whether Paradise or Hell has anything to do with the person dying in Ramadan or on the day of Jumuah. It is only in the knowledge of Allah.
Dying in Ramadan or on the day of Jumuah does not guarantee Paradise
Relationship with Paradise or Hell is the unwavering trust, faith, and good deeds in the life of man in this world. And in the afterlife, judgment will be based on faith and good deeds.
Whoever does good deeds in this world and dies with faith, let him die on the day of Jumuah or die on any other day; He can be expected to enter Paradise, InshaAllah.
And whoever dies on the basis of polytheism and disbelief, whether he dies on a holy day or in a holy month or in any holy place, his death will not save him from Hell.
Because Allah has clearly said in this regard, “Indeed, Allah does not forgive association with Him, but He forgives what is less than that for whom He wills.” (4: 48)
If the dying person is a Muslim and dies while on the path of sin, his fate will be determined by the will of Allah. If Allah wills, He can forgive him and admit him directly to Paradise. But in return for this faith, he will not be the dweller of Hell forever.
After the reckoning of sins and good deeds, if Allah wills, He can punish him and send him to Hell. Or He can forgive him. All this is the sole prerogative of Allah. But even if a Muslim goes to hell, after a time has passed, he will enter paradise.
Therefore, everyone should strive for Paradise through good deeds, without thinking of special days, months, and places. May Allah grant us the grace to do good deeds with faith. Ameen.