Meaning of the Hadith "aspire to pass away in Madinah Munawwarah"

Q: The Hadeeth about a person trying to die in Madinah, if he can, does not negate taqdeer. How can this be explained?

A: The Hadith means that you should aspire to pass away in Madinah Munawwarah, by either frequently travelling to Madinah Munawwarah or taking up residence in Madinah Munawwarah. If you are able to do so, then you should do so. However, if it is written in taqdeer that a person will pass away in a place besides his hometown, then whatever is written in taqdeer will come to pass and one will be rewarded for aspiring to pass away in Madinah Munawwarah.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)