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Who is regarded to be the most ascetic?

Question

Could you translate and mention the authenticity of this Hadith

أتى النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم رجل فقال: يا رسول الله من أزهد الناس في الدنيا؟ فقال: من لم ينس المقابر والبلى وترك أفضل زينة الدنيا وآثر ما يبقى على ما يفنى ولم يعد غدا من أيامه وعد نفسه من الموتى

 

Answer

Imam Abu Bakr ibn Abi Shaybah (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith (mursalan). Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (hafizahullah) states the the chain is sound (hasan).

(Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 35459)

 

Translation

A man once came to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and asked, ‘Who is regarded to be the most ascetic person in this world’? Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied, ‘The one who never forgets the graves and becoming decomposed, he leaves out the best adornments of this world, he prefers the eternal [Hereafter] over the temporary, he does not regard himself [to be alive] tomorrow, rather he regards himself among the dead’.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar