On Preparing for Death
by The Albaani Site
Questioner: Is someone who dies suddenly regarded as a martyr or not?
Al-Albaani: A martyr? Inshaa Allaah such a death will not be one of regret.
Questioner: What do you mean by a death of regret?
Al-Albaani: The situation differs from person to person. A sudden death with regards to someone who was ready to meet Allaah عز وجل and who had carried out the rights that were obligatory on him, whether those are the rights of Allaah like praying and fasting, or the rights of Allaah’s servants like zakaah, giving in charity and so on—if he had carried out all of these obligatory duties and didn’t have any debt and then died suddenly then there is nothing on him [in terms of regret]. But if he was an open sinner, or a criminal or was someone who fell short and then died a sudden death, then that is a death of regret, because he didn’t prepare for a death like that.
For this reason it is obligatory for a Muslim to always be prepared for that hour which could surprise him, and that is why he ﷺ said, “Whoever loves to meet Allaah, Allaah loves to meet him, and whoever hates to meet Allaah, Allaah hates to meet him.”
Any other questions?
Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 322.