A mistranslation of a Hadith on the virtue of growing a strand of white hair in the path of Allah

Question

Is this narration correct?

Spending one’s youth in the path of Allah

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “A person will be blessed with perfect light on the Day of Qiyamah when he spends his youth in the path of Allah.”

Sunan Nasai from Sayyiduna ‘Amr ibn ‘Abasah, Hadith: 3142

 

Answer

The Hadith you are referring to has been mistranslated. It appears in Sunan Nasai with the following words:

من شاب شيبة في سبيل الله تعالى كانت له نورا يوم القيامة

The translation is as follows:

Whoever grows even a single strand of white hair in the path of Allah, it will be a source of light for him on the day of Qiyamah.

(Sunan Nasai; Al Mujtaba, Hadith: 3142)

 

This narration is also recorded in Sunan Tirmidhi. We have explained the mistranslation. See here

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar