The Hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah - رضي الله عنه – the Messenger of Allaah - صلى الله عليه وسلم - said:
“The life spans of my Ummah are between sixty and seventy years, few amongst them surpass this.”
Ibn ‘Urfah stated: “I am from amongst those few.”
Al Albaanee, may Allaah have mercy upon him comments: “I say; I am also amongst those few, for I have surpassed the age of 84, I ask Allaah the Glorified, that I am amongst those who lived long with good deeds.
But I also almost wish that I pass away, due to what the Muslims have been afflicted with concerning deviation from the religion, and what is happening to them, even from the lowly. But how can I wish so, while the Hadeeth of Anas has been before my eyes since my youth, I cannot say except what my Prophet - صلى الله عليه وسلم - ordered me to say:
“O Allaah, keep me alive as long as living is better for me, and take my soul if death is better for me.”
And to supplicate with the supplication that he - صلى الله عليه وسلم - taught me:
“O Allaah, allow us to take pleasure from our eyesight, our hearing and our strength as long as You keep us alive, and allow this to remain until our death.”
Allaah the Glorified has blessed me by responding and allowing me to take pleasure in all of this. Here I am, I continue to research, verify and write actively, I pray the Nawaafil (Supernumerary) prayers standing, I drive long distances by myself, with a speed that some of my beloved brothers advise me to decrease, but I have reasons for this which are known to some of them. I say all of this due to the saying of Allaah:
And proclaim the Grace of your Lord
Hoping that my Lord the Elevated, increases me from His bounties, and allows all of it to remain with me until my death, and that He takes my life as a Muslim upon the Sunnah which I have sacrificed my life for, in calling to it and authoring about it, and that He gathers me with the righteous, and what a good companionship they are. Indeed He is the all Hearer, the Responder.
[Allaahu Akbar! Allaahumma make it so, Allaahumma have mercy upon al Albaanee and grant him a home in Fardaus. Ameen]