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Remembering death is essential to gain true piety

Question

Is this narration authentic?

ذكر عند النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم رجل بعبادة واجتهاد فقال: كيف ذكر صاحبكم للموت؟ قالوا: ما نسمعه يذكره قال: ليس صاحبكم هناك

 

Answer

Imam Bazzar (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu ‘anhu). ‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) has declared a narrator very weak.

(Musnad Bazzar; Kashful Astar, Hadith: 3622, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 10 pg. 309)

 

However, Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded a similar narration which corroborates the Hadith in question. ‘Allamah Mundhiri (rahimahullah) has declared this version sound (hasan).

(Targhib, vol. 4 pg. 239)

 

Therefore, the Hadith in question may be quoted.

 

Translation

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was once informed of a person’s ‘ibadah and striving for the cause of Din. He asked, ‘[How often] would he remember death.’ They replied, ‘We never heard him discuss death.’ Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘In that case, he is not of a very high level.’

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar