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Hadeeth Twenty Eight: He is not Attached to this World


From Sahl ibn Aa‘d (radiyallaahu ‘anhu) who said that Allaah’s Messenger () said:

Jibreel came to me and said: O Muhammad! Live as you will for you must certainly die; love whom you will since you must certainly leave him; act as you will since you shall certainly be given due reward for it; know that the believers eminence is his standing in prayer during the night, and his honour is having sufficiency without dependency upon the people.[1]


The person who lives attached to this world is poor with regard to his Religion and his intellect, he does not realise that this world, for the one having no Religion is the road to degradation, the path to corruption and the key to evil and foul deeds. Whereas the Muslim who is sincere to his Lord and his own soul and with his brothers should be an excellent example to those who thirst after this world and the few dirhams or deenaars.

He should be a lesson for them that there is no good in that, and that good lies only in taking this world as a means of increasing one’s rank with regard to the Religion and seeking to purify one’s heart. However these two will not be achieved except through:


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[1] Reported by al-Haakim (4/324) and others and its chain of narration is weak due to the narrator Zaafir ibn Sulaymaan. However it has a witness reported by at-Tayaalisee (no.1755) and the chain of narration of this is also weak due to the weakness of al-Hasan ibn Abee Ja‘far and because Abuz-Zubayr is a mudallis and reports without definitely stating that he heard it directly. Al-Boosayree says in his Zawaa’id: It is reported by at-Tayaalisee with a chain of narration that is weak due to the weakness of al-Hasan ibn Abee Ja‘far. However it has a witness reported by al-Haakim. Therefore the hadeeth is hasan.