Is this Hadith authentic?
أفضل الأعمال ما أكرهت عليه النفوس
Imam Abu Bakr ibn Abid Dunya (rahimahullah) has recorded this as the statement of ‘Umar ibn ‘Abdil ‘Aziz (rahimahullah).
(Muhasabatun Nafs, Hadith: 113)
‘Allamah ‘Iraqi (rahimahullah) has stated that he has not come across this as a Hadith of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).
(Al Mughni ‘An Hamlil Asfar, Hadith: 3676)
The best actions are those which the nafs is forced to carry out/dislikes doing.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar