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A Hadith on the reward of serving people while on travel

Question

What is the status of this narration:

فمن سبقهم بخدمة لم يسبقوه بعمل إلا الشهادة

 

Answer

This is part of a longer narration recorded in Shu’abul Iman. The full Hadith is as follows:

Sayyiduna Sahl ibn Sa’d (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “The leader of people during travel is the one serving them. Whoever surpasses them through serving them, will not be surpassed [in reward] except through martyrdom.”

(Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 8050)

 

There are some narrators in this chain whom I could not locate. However, ‘Allamah Sakhawi (rahimahullah) has cited another weak Hadith which corroborates the Hadith in question.

(Refer: Al Maqasidul Hasanah, Hadith: 579, Al Ajwibatul Mardiyyah, vol. 1 pg. 103)

 

Note: The First part of this Hadith, ‘The leader of people during travel is the one serving them’ has been recorded in other Hadith collections as well.

(Refer: Al Maqasidul Hasanah, Hadith: 579, Al Ajwibatul Mardiyyah, vol. 1 pg. 103)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar