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A Hadith Qudsi regarding sustenance

Question

Is this Hadith Qudsi authentic?

“O son of Adam! I created you to worship me so do not behave in a casual irresponsible way. I have already distributed your sustenance so do not over exert yourself. If you are happy and content with what I have allotted to you, your heart and body will be at ease and you will regarded as praiseworthy according to me. If you are not happy with what I have allotted to you, then I will shower the world upon you, you will run around like a wild animal in the desert but you will still only receive what I have allotted for you and you will be regarded as blameworthy”

 

Answer

I have not come across this as a Hadith of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

This seems to be sourced from Historical sources. Shaykh Shihabud Din, Abul Fath Al Abshihi (rahimahullah) before citing the words in question as part of a longer narration mentions, ‘It has been reported that Ka’b Al Ahbar had found these words in the Tawrah.’

(Al Mustatraf, vol. 1 pg. 123)

 

Imam Tirmidhi and others have recorded a Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) which conveys a similar message. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Indeed Allah Ta’ala said: ‘O son of Adam! Devote yourself to My worship, I will fill your chest with riches and alleviate your poverty. If you do not do so, I will cause you to become preoccupied and not alleviate your poverty”

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2466. Declared sound by Imam Tirmidhi)

 

 

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And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar