An elderly Muslim has a high status before Allah. The older a Muslim grows, the more he or she is honoured by Allah and the more Allah increases His favour on him or her.
When a person grows older, his hair changes colour from black to grey or white. These grey hair will be a source of light on the day of Qiyamah.
Ka’b ibn Murrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that he heard the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) saying, “If a person’s hair turns grey or white in Islam, it will be light for him on the Day of Resurrection.” [At-Tirmidhi 1634]
In another narration, he mentioned “It is the Muslim’s light.” [At-Tirmidhi 2821]
For each grey or white hair, a person is rewarded.
Abu Hurayra (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Do not pluck grey or white hairs, for they will be light on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever has one hair that turns grey or white in Islam will have one Hasanah (good deeds) for each grey or white hair and he will be raised one degree.” [Ibn Hibbaan, Al-Ihsaan 4199]
In another narration, he mentioned, “One sin is wiped out.” [Abu Dawud 4199]
Grey or white hair is a sign of honour in the sight of Allah.
Sa’eed ibn al-Musayyib (rahimahullah) said that Ibraheem (‘alayhis salaam) was the first person to see grey hair. He said, “O Lord! What is this?” Allah the Blessed, the Exalted, said, “It is dignity, O Ibraheem.” He said, “Lord, increase me in dignity!” [Maalik, Al-Muwatta 1673]
The best person is the one to whom Allah has given a long life which he spends in ‘Ibaada (worship).
Abdullah ibn Busr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that a bedouin said, “O Messenger of Allah, who are the best people?” He (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied, “One with a long life of good deeds.” [At-Tirmidhi 2329]
The following Hadith details the favours of Allah at different ages starting from forty.
Anas (radyallahu ‘anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “No servant reaches the age of forty, except that Allah removes from him three types of illnesses: madness, vitiligo and leprosy. When he reaches fifty, Allah makes his reckoning easy on him. When he reaches sixty, Allah grants him to turn to Him with what He likes. When he reaches seventy, Allah loves him and the inhabitants of the sky love him. When he reaches eighty, Allah accepts his good deeds and forgives his sins, and when he reaches ninety, Allah forgives his past and future sins and he is named, ‘Allah’s prisoner on His earth’ and his intercession is accepted for his family members.” [Ahmad 5626]