Kindly provide the reference for the following Hadith:
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
“Soon the rich ones from among my Ummah will perform Haj for the sake of travel and holiday, the middle class will perform Haj for commercial purposes, the ‘Ulama/Qurra will perform Haj for the sake of show and fame and the poor will perform Haj for the purpose of begging”
Hafiz Khatib Al Baghdadi (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration in Tarikh Baghdad.
(Tarikh Baghdad, vol. 11 pg. 597)
However, Imam Ibnul Jawzi (rahimahullah) has stated that the Hadith is not authentic and most of the narrators are unknown. ‘Allamah Dhahabi (rahimahullah) states that this Hadith is false and baseless (batil).
(Al ‘Ilalul Mutanahiyah, vol. 2 pg. 565, Hadith: 928, Talkhisu Kitabil ‘Ilal Al Mutanahiyah, Hadith: 539. Also see Lisanul Mizan, vol. 4 pg. 421 -4136-)
This narration is also recorded in Musnadul Firdaws. This chain contains a narrator who has been accused of fabricating Hadith.
(Musnadul Firdaws, Hadith: 8689. Also see Lisanul Mizan, vol. 5 pg. 119 -4669-)
The Hadith is not suitable to quote.
Nevertheless, we should all inspect our intentions before embarking on such a sacred journey.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best
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