Dying on Monday

Is there a Hadith which indicate it is a good sign to pass away on a Monday?

Classification: Sahih (Authentic)


In a Hadith in Sahih al-Bukhari it is established that Sayidina Abu Bakr was hoping to pass away on a Monday when he realised that the Holy Prophet ﷺ passed away on Monday.

عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهَا، قَالَتْ: دَخَلْتُ عَلَى أَبِي بَكْرٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ، فَقَالَ: فِي كَمْ كَفَّنْتُمُ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ؟ قَالَتْ: «فِي ثَلاَثَةِ أَثْوَابٍ بِيضٍ سَحُولِيَّةٍ، لَيْسَ فِيهَا قَمِيصٌ وَلاَ عِمَامَةٌ» وَقَالَ لَهَا: فِي أَيِّ يَوْمٍ تُوُفِّيَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ؟ قَالَتْ: «يَوْمَ الِاثْنَيْنِ» قَالَ: فَأَيُّ يَوْمٍ هَذَا؟ قَالَتْ: «يَوْمُ الِاثْنَيْنِ» قَالَ: أَرْجُو فِيمَا بَيْنِي وَبَيْنَ اللَّيْلِ، فَنَظَرَ إِلَى ثَوْبٍ عَلَيْهِ، كَانَ يُمَرَّضُ فِيهِ بِهِ رَدْعٌ مِنْ زَعْفَرَانٍ، فَقَالَ: اغْسِلُوا ثَوْبِي هَذَا وَزِيدُوا عَلَيْهِ ثَوْبَيْنِ، فَكَفِّنُونِي فِيهَا، قُلْتُ: إِنَّ هَذَا خَلَقٌ، قَالَ: إِنَّ الحَيَّ أَحَقُّ بِالْجَدِيدِ مِنَ المَيِّتِ، إِنَّمَا هُوَ لِلْمُهْلَةِ فَلَمْ يُتَوَفَّ حَتَّى أَمْسَى مِنْ لَيْلَةِ الثُّلاَثَاءِ، وَدُفِنَ قَبْلَ أَنْ يُصْبِحَ
(Sayidah) Aisha  said, “I went to Abu Bakr  (during his fatal illness) and he asked me, ‘In how many garments did you shroud the Prophet ﷺ?’ She  replied, ‘In three pieces of white Suhuliyah (cotton) cloth, and there was neither a shirt nor a turban among them.’ Abu Bakr   asked, ‘On which day did the Prophet ﷺ  pass away?’ She  replied, ‘Monday.’ He   asked, ‘Which day is it today?’ She  replied, ‘Monday.’ He  said, ‘I hope it (my death) is between this morning and tonight.’ Then he looked at a garment that he was wearing during his illness and it had some stains of saffron. Then he  said, ‘Wash this garment of mine and add two more garments to it, then shroud me in them.’ I (Sayidah Ayesha) said, ‘Indeed this is worn out.’ He  said, ‘A living person has more right to wear new clothes than a dead one; the shroud is only for the body’s pus.’ He did not pass away until the night of Tuesday had entered, and he  was buried before the morning entered.

Sahih al-Bukhari, 1387

The above Hadith indicates that Sayidina Abu Bakr  felt there would be virtue in passing away on the same day as the Holy Prophet ﷺ.

إنما سأل أبو بكر الصديق ابنته عن أى يوم توفى فيه رسول الله  – صلى الله عليه وسلم –  طمعًا أن يوافق ذلك اليوم تبركًا به شرح البخاري لابن بطال

Abu Bakr  asked his daughter  regarding the day of death of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, because he hoped that (his death) will align with the same day (day of the passing of the Prophet ﷺ), hoping for blessings therein.

Ibn Battaal, Sharh al-Bukhari