What is the reference for this Hadith?

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “He who laughs a lot his rights will be taken lightly.”



This narration is recorded in Al Mu’jamul Awsat of Imam Tabarani on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) as part of a longer narration. The part in question is as follows:

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Whomsoever laughs excessively his rights will be brushed aside/disdained…”

(Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 6553. See another part of the Hadith here)


However, this Hadith has been transmitted with a very weak chain.

(Refer: Al Mughni Fid Du’afa, vol. 1 pg. 583. Also see: Kitabud Du’afa of Imam ‘Uqayli, vol. 4 pg. 388 -1338-, Al ‘Ilalul Mutanahiyah, Hadith: 1176 and Lisanul Mizan, vol. 6 pg. 58 -5566-)


The following narration may be quoted instead:

Sayyiduna ‘Umar ibnul Khattab (radiyallahu ‘anhu) advised Ahnaf ibn Qays and said: “O Ahnaf! Whomsoever laughs excessively, his respect will become insignificant…”

(Al Mu’jamul Awsat: 2280. Refer: Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 10 pg. 302)


Note: This narration is recorded as the statement of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) and not as a Hadith of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam).


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


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