Shaddad Ibne Aus Rahmatullahi Alaihi says, ” The agony of death is more severe than all the agonies of this world and the Hereafter. It is more painful than being sawed in two, being cut into pieces with shears or being boiled in a cauldron. If the dead were to rise from the graves and tell people about the pangs of death, no man would take pleasure in this life; nor could anyone enjoy sound sleep”.
They say that when Musa Alaihis Salaam passed away from this world and met Allah Ta’ala, he was asked about his experience of death. Musa Alaihis Salaam, replied, ” I felt as though I was being burnt alive like a sparrow caught in a flame of fire, without being granted the mercy of death”.
Aa’isha Radhiyallu Anha says: “When the hour of death drew near, there was a bowl of water lying beside Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alaihi WA Sallam, he would put his hands into the water and wipe his face with them, again and again, saying, ‘ O, Allah! Grant me relief in the throes of death”.
Hadhrat Umar Radhiyallu Anhu asked Ka’b Radhiyallu Anhu about the agony of death and he replied; ” O Amir-Ul-Mu’mineen! It is as though a branch of tree, that is all overgrown with thorns, were thrust into a man’s body so that it should entangle with every part and then the branch should be pulled out violently. Such is the anguish experienced by a dying man, in the throes of death!”
Ponder over death and hasten towards good actions!