Passing away on a Monday

Fatwa #836 Category: Death & Burial Country: Zambia Date: 9th February 2024
Fatwa #836 Date: 9th February 2024
Category: Death & Burial
Country: Zambia


May I please know what is the virtue of passing away on a Monday


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

It is established that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam passed away on a Monday. Knowing that nothing was a mere coincidence with regards to the life of the prophet, Abu Bakr Radhiyallahu Anhu also wished and prayed for death to come on a Monday. Therefore, one may yearn to take blessings or a good omen to also pass away on a Monday.

Imam Bukhari Rahimahullah has specifically allocated a chapter in his book regarding passing away on a Monday and cites the following narration:

عن عائشة رضي الله عنها، قالت: دخلت على أبي بكر رضي الله عنه، فقال: في كم كفنتم النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم؟ قالت: في ثلاثة أثواب بيض سحولية، ليس فيها قميص ولا عمامة وقال لها: في أي يوم توفي رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم؟ قالت: يوم الاثنين قال: فأي يوم هذا؟ قالت: يوم الاثنين قال: أرجو فيما بيني وبين الليل، فنظر إلى ثوب عليه، كان يمرض فيه به ردع من زعفران، فقال: اغسلوا ثوبي هذا وزيدوا عليه ثوبين، فكفنوني فيها، قلت: إن هذا خلق، قال: إن الحي أحق بالجديد من الميت، إنما هو للمهلة فلم يتوف حتى أمسى من ليلة الثلاثاء، ودفن قبل أن يصبح

Translation: “Aisha Radhiyallahu Anha said, “I went to Abu Bakr Radhiyallahu Anhu (during his fatal illness) and he asked me, ‘In how many garments was the Prophet shrouded?’ She replied, ‘In three Suhuliya pieces of white cloth of cotton, and there was neither a shirt nor a turban among them.’ He further asked her, ‘On which day did the Prophet die?’ She replied, ‘He died on Monday.’ He asked, ‘What is today?’ She replied, ‘Today is Monday.’ He added, ‘I hope I shall die sometime 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 and shroud me in them.’ I said, ‘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 die till it was the night of Tuesday and was buried before the morning.” (Bukhari-1387)


Some Muhadditheen considered passing away on a Monday to have virtue of its own due to it being the day Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam passed away.[1]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mufti Bilal Pandor

Concurred by
Mufti Muhammad Patel

Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah
Lusaka, Zambia


فيض الباري على صحيح البخاري (3/ 84) [1]

قال السيوطي رحمه الله تعالى: إنه أفضلُ الأيام للموت، لأَنَّ النبيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلّم تُوُفِّي فيه وإن كان أفضلُ الأيام مطلقًا هو الجمعةَ

عمدة القاري شرح صحيح البخاري (8/ 218)

أَي: هَذَا بَاب فِي بَيَان فضل الْمَوْت يَوْم الِاثْنَيْنِ. فَإِن قلت: لَيْسَ لأحد اخْتِيَار فِي تعْيين وَقت الْمَوْت، فَمَا وَجه هَذَا؟ قلت: لَهُ مدْخل فِي التَّسَبُّب فِي حُصُوله بِأَن يرغب إِلَى الله لقصد التَّبَرُّك، فَإِن أُجِيب فَخير حصل وإلاَّ يُثَاب على اعْتِقَاده