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In a Hadith narrated by Hadhrat Anas (Radhiyallahu anhu), the following facts about old age are mentioned:

  • No one reaches forty years in Islam except that Allah protects him from madness, leprosy and insanity.
  • When a Muslim attains the age of 50 years, Allah Ta’ala decrees that his Reckoning will become lighter.
  • At 60, his ability to acquire Taqwa is augmented and he attains Divine Proximity more readily.
  • At 70, the inhabitants of the Heavens (Malaaikah and others) are ordered to love him, thus they increase Dua for him.
  • At 80, only his virtues are recorded. His sins are forgiven, and his lapses are not recorded.
  • At 90, all sins, past and future, are forgiven, He acquires a blanket pardon. He is granted the right of intercession (shafa’ah) on behalf of his family. He is awarded the lofty titles of Ameenullaah (the Trustee of Allah), and Aseerullah fil Ardh (the Prisoner of Allah on earth).
  • This stage of old age is known as Arzalul Umr. The deeds of virtue which he used to practise during his early days, but is now unable due to old age, are perpetually recorded in his Book of Deeds.

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