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Another version of the narration regarding the two seekers who are never satiated

Question

I would like to know whether the following Hadith is authentic?

منهومان لا تنقضي نهمتهم منهوم في طلب العلم لا تنقضي نهمته ومنهوم في طلب الدنيا لا تنقضي نهمته

 

Answer

Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma). ‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) has declared one of the narrators weak.

(Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 5666 and Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 11095 with variation in the wording. Refer: Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 1 pg. 135)

 

However, the Hadith corroborated and suitable to quote. See here.

 

Translation

The greed and desire of two desirous people are never satisfied; The one who is desirous for knowledge, his greed will never be satisfied and the one who is desirous for the world his greed will never be satisfied.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar