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An unreliable virtue of earning a livelihood

Question

Is this Hadith reliable?

إن من الذنوب ذنوبا لا يكفرها الصلاة ولا الصيام ولا الحج ولا العمرة قالوا: فما يكفرها يا رسول الله قال: الهموم في طلب المعيشة

 

Answer

Imam Tabarani and Imam Abu Nu’aym (rahimahumallah) have recorded this Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 102, Hilyatul Awliya, vol. 6 pg. 335)

 

However, ‘Allamah Dhahabi (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith a fabrication. Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) has declared several narrators in the chain very weak.

(Refer: Lisanul Mizan, vol. 7 pg. 166-167, number, 6850 and At Talkhisul Habir, Hadith: 2758. Also see: Al Maqasidul Hasanah, Hadith: 254)

 

Whilst earning a livelihood is indeed a very rewarding duty, this Hadith is not suitable to quote. See suitable alternatives here and here.

 

Translation

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“There are certain sins which are not expiated through Salah, fasting, Hajj and ‘Umrah. [The Sahabah radiyallahu ‘anhum] asked, ‘Then what will expiate these sins O Rasulullah?’ Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied, ‘Worry and concern for earning a livelihood.’

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar