What is the status of the following Hadith which appears in Al Mu’jamul Awsat:
القناعة مال لا ينفد
‘Allamah Dhahabi (rahimahullah) has declared the chain of Tabarani as very weak (wahin).
(Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 6193. Also see Majma’uz Zawaid, vol.10 pg.256)
Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) has recorded a slightly different chain for this very Hadith which is also very weak.
(Az-Zuhdul Kabir, Hadith: 107)
The above chains are via Sayyiduna Jabir (radiyallahu’anhu).
However, Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu’anhu) is also reported to have narrated this Hadith, as recorded in As-Shihab of Imam Quda’i (rahimahullah) with a slightly weak chain. These chains support each other and make the narration suitable for quoting as an inspiration to adopt this deed.
(Al-Mudawi, Hadith: 2483 and Fathul Wahhab, Hadith: 43)
The broader meaning of this narration is definitely supported by other texts, as pointed out by ‘Allamah Sakhawi (rahimahullah).
(Al-Maqasidul Hasanah, Hadith: 779)
The complete narration of Tabarani is as follows:
عليكم بالقناعة فإن القناعة مال لا ينفد
Adopt contentment, for contentment is such a wealth that does not deplete.
(Al-Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 6918)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,
Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar