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Clarification regarding the narration ‘Die before you die’

Question

A famous hadith is attributed to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam): “Die before you die” موتوا قبل ان تموتوا.

Though it has no chain, What/who is the earliest source of this saying?

 

Answer

Although this has been cited in certain non primary sources as a Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam),  This is not proven as a Hadith as you have stated.

See our detailed answer regarding the authenticity here

 

Mulla ‘Ali Al Qari (rahimahullah) has stated that this is the statement of some of the Sufis. I have not come across a specific name.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar