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Do not envy a sinner

Question

Is the following narration authentic?

“Do not envy a sinner for some bounty that he has been blessed with, for verily you do not know what punishment he is going to receive after death, he will have a killer [Jahannam] but will not die”

 

Answer

Imam Tabarani, Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahumallah) and others have recorded this Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu). ‘Allamah ‘Iraqi (rahimahullah) has declared the chain of narrators weak.

(Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 4079. Refer: Al Mughni ‘An Hamlil Asfar, Hadith: 1980)

 

However, this Hadith has also been reported through other chains with variation in the wording. The narration in question is therefore corroborated and is suitable to quote.

(Refer: Al Mudawi, Hadith: 9834/3696. Also see Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 10 pg. 355)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar