What is the authenticity of this?
Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
“I do not fear poverty [after my demise], rather I fear that you will gather and amass wealth. I do not fear you [my ummah] unintentionally erring, rather I fear that you will intentionally [sin]”
Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu). ‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) has declared the narrators reliable.
(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 2 pg. 308, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 3 pg. 121 and vol. 10 pg. 236)
Imam Ibn Hibban (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith authentic.
(Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 3222)
The first part of the Hadith is recorded in Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim. See here.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar