Aisha (radi Allahu anha) asked the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam): “O Messenger of Allah, will anybody rise with the martyrs?” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “He will rise with them who remembers death twenty times a day.” [Ihya Ulum-Id-Deen]
The reason for this good fortune of rising with the martyrs is that the remembrance of death keeps him far away from this world of deception and compels him to prepare for the next world.
He spends little money on the things of this world because when he remembers death and imagines that he might die in a few hours he sends his money to his home in the Hereafter instead, by spending it in the path of Allah. You will not see him in fancy clothes, extravagant surroundings, or expensive cars.
You will not find him playing games and entertaining himself because when he feels the need to unwind he remembers death and finds solace in talking to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) instead.
He who remembers death considers how little is the time he has to perform good deeds and repent for his mistakes. So he can’t be bothered with holidays and parties and photographs.
He who remembers death lives his life in a state of preparedness to meet death and so will be raised with the martyrs on the Day of Resurrection and will enjoy the favours that are reserved for them, inshaAllah.
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