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THE RULING CONCERNING WISHING FOR DEATH DUE TO ENCOUNTERING MANY HARDSHIPS
[Q]: I have faced so many hardships in my life that it has made me hate this life. Every time I turned to Allaah and pleaded to Him to take my life at the earliest possible moment. This continues to be my wish up until now, as I do not see any solutions to my problems except death; it is the only thing that can save me from this torment. Is this behaviour haraam (forbidden) for me?
[A]: Shaykh Ibn al-‘Uthaymeen – rahimahullaah – said:
“When a person wishes for death due to the hardships and afflictions that have befallen him, then he is doing something that Allaah’s Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam prohibited, when he said:
“None of you should wish for death due to some harm that has come to him, rather, if he has such a wish then let him say: O Allaah! Give me life if You know that life is better for me. And give me death if You know that death is better for me.” 
Therefore, it is not allowed for anyone to wish for death on account of some harm, hardship or difficulty that has come to him. In fact, he should have sabr (patience) and expect a reward from Allaah – the Most High – due to his being patient, and he should wait for relief to come to him; just as the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:
“And know that victory comes with patience, relief with distress, and ease with hardship.”
So the one who is afflicted with any affliction should know that those afflictions are an expiation for some of the sins he has committed. Indeed, no Believer is afflicted with any kind of grief, pain or suffering except that Allaah expiates – due to that – some of his sins; even if it be the harm caused by a mere pricking of a thorn. So when a person has patience and hopes in a reward from Allaah, he reaches the level of being amongst the saabiroon (those who truly have patience), and this is a very lofty level. Allaah – the Most High said about its people:
“And give glad tidings to the apatient ones; those who, when afflicted by a calamity, say: Indeed we belong to Allaah, and to Him shall we truly return.” [Soorah al-Baqarah 2:155-156].
The woman in the question feels that there is no solution for her problems except death. I believe that this is a mistaken view.
Death does not solve any problems. In fact, sometimes it only increases the difficulties. How many people die whilst being afflicted with calamities, difficulties and suffering, but they had been wronging themselves by sinning, and did not give up their sins or repent to Allaah. So death, in this case, is just a quicker coming of punishment.
Perhaps if such a person had remained alive, then Allaah would have guided him him to the doors of repentance, seeking forgiveness, patience, facing up to the problems and expecting relief. All of this would have been good for him. Therefore, it is upon you – the questioner – to be patient and expect relief from Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic – just as Allaah – the Most High – said in His Book:
“So indeed with hardship here is relief. Indeed with hardship there is relief.” [Soorah Inshiraah 94:5-6].
And the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said in the authentic narration:
“Victory comes with patience; relief with affliction, and ease with hardship.”  
 Related by al-Bukhaaree (10/127) and Muslim (no.2680). from Anas radiallaahu ‘anhu.
 Saheeh: Related by Ahmad (11308), from Ibn ‘Abbaas radiallaahu ‘anhu. It was authenticated by al-Albaanee in Takhreejus-Sunnah (nos.315-318).
 Saheeh: Related by ad-Daylamee (4/111-112), from Anas radiallaahu ‘anhu. It war authenticated by al-Albaanee in as-Saheehah (no.2382).
 Fataawaa al-Mar’ah (pp.10-11).
Al-Istiqaamah Issue Issue No.4 – Jumâdal-Awwal 1417H / November 1996
As sallamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu
Here’s a narration which I just read today which I found to be very deep. I thought I’d share it with you all.
The Prophet (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:
“Instruct your dying ones to say ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah’, for indeed the soul of a believer departs through perspiration, and the soul of a disbeliever departs from the corner of his mouth just as the soul of the donkey departs.”
Reported by at-Tabaraanee in Al-Kabeer (1/77/3) as mentioned by Sheikh al-Albaanee (rahimahullah) in As-Saheehah No. 2151
After mentioning its chain of narration, the Sheikh said:
‘And this chain of narration is hasan (good)’. See As-Saheehah No. 2151.
May Allah make our last words ‘none has the right to be worshipped but Allah’. Aameen.
Sagheer, Abu Yusuf
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Q: Is it permissible to burn or kill by water the insects that are found in houses, such as ants and cockroaches?
A: If these insects are harmful, it is permissible to kill them by insecticides and the like, not by burning.
The Prophet (peace be upon him said): Five kinds of animals are harmful and may be killed even in the Haram (all areas within the Sacred Sanctuary of Makkah): The crow, the kite, the scorpion, the mouse, and the rabid dog .According to another authentic narration, the viper was mentioned among the animals that may be killed.
This authentic Hadith reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) indicates the permissibility of killing harmful creatures, such as ants, cockroaches, mosquitoes, flies, and predators.
However, if ants cause no harm, they are not to be killed. The Prophet (peace be upon him) prohibited killing ants, bees, hoopoes, and sparrow-hawks. This case only applies when they cause no harm.
However, when harm is perceived, they take the same ruling of the harmful animals mentioned in the Hadith. May Allah grant us success.
 Al-Bukhari, Sahih, Book on Hajj, no. 1829; Muslim, Sahih, Book on Hajj, no. 1198; Al-Tirmidhy, Sunan, Book on Hajj, no. 837; Al-Nasaiy, Sunan, Book on Hajj rituals, no. 2887; Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Musnad, vol. 6, p. 87; Al-Darimy, Sunan, Book on rituals, no. 1817.
 Abu Dawud, Sunan, Book on manners, no. 5267; Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Musnad, vol. 1, p. 332; and Al-Darimy, Sunan, Book on sacrifices, no. 1999.
What is the ruling on killing insects by electric shock, while the Prophet (peace be upon him) orders Muslims to kill and slaughter in a good way?
A: If these insects are harmful and electric shock is the only way to get rid of them, it will be permissible to use it. This will be an exceptional case of the Prophet’s order to kill in a good way, since the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, Five kinds of animals are mischief-doers and may be killed even in the precincts of Ka`bah or in the state of Ihram: They are the crow, the kite, the scorpion, the mouse, and the dog known for biting people. Also, the Prophet (peace be upon him) ordered to dip the flies [if they fall] into the water that may often cause their death.
May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!
The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’
Husn al-khātimah has been mentioned in various hadīths. So we should rely solely on what was reported from the Messenger regarding it and should not add to it based on opinion. From the opinion-based signs of husn al-khātimah is the dead person being light. Some people consider this to be from husn al-khātimah— that his body was extremely swift and easy (when carried) over people’s shoulders. This is not a proof. It might be because his body is lean, yet knowing whether or not a person’s actions are righteous is something else.
Ok then what if his body were fat? Would it be said that this is from sū’ al-khātimah (i.e. evil ending)? Pay no attention to this.
Husn al-Khātimah is when (a Muslim) dies while fasting, performing haj, praying, doing jihaad, when he dies upon a good ending, upon a righteous deed. In this case, you say: Maashaallaah! Wishing him good but not affirming Paradise for him. Conversely, sū’ al-khātimah is when one dies while not praying (i.e. abandoning prayer), (visiting) a sorcerer, while drunk, or committing robbery or any forbidden act. However, affirm for him neither Paradise nor Hell.
Q: What is the ruling on “calling” back the souls/spirits of the deceased [to communicate with them]? And is that a type of magic?
A: No doubt calling upon souls to return [and communicate with] is a type of magic, or fortune-telling. These souls are not the souls of the deceased – as they claim – rather they are shayaateen [devils] who imitate the actual deceased and say, “I am the soul/spirit of such and such, and [in reality] he is from the devils, so this [activity] is not permissible.
The souls of the deceased cannot be retrieved [and communicated with] because they are in the grasp of Allah, “It is Allah Who takes away the souls at the time of their death, and those that die not during their sleep. He keeps those (souls) for which He has ordained death and sends the rest for a term appointed. Verily, in this are signs for a people who think deeply.” [Surah az-Zumar: 42]
So the souls are not as they claim, that they come and go – rather that is at the disposal of Allah. Hence calling upon and “retrieving” the souls/spirits of the deceased is falsehood, and it is a type of magic or fortune-telling.”
المنتقى من فتاوى فضيلة الشيخ صالح الفوزان – السحر و الكهانة و العرافة و الشعوذة ص48
[Translator’s note: Such activites that have become widespread in society are clearly impermissible; regrettably many have fallen into such affairs through “curiosity”, falling into observing and viewing “shows” online or elsewhere of so called “miracle” individuals who have the ability to “cross-over” or “communicate” with the souls of the deceased.
In such “shows” they call upon names and descriptions within the audience claiming the “presence” of the deceased soul is speaking to them…all such affairs are impermissible. We heard from our scholars stating that the one who views such magic shows, “crossing-over” shows and their likes falls into the narrations of the prohibition of actually visiting the magicians or fortune-tellers in person, hence the threats are applicable to him even though he may be viewing all that from the comfort of his home out of “curiosity only”, therefore great caution is required to be exercised, may Allah protect us and you].