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Remembering death is essential to gain true piety

Is this narration authentic?

ذكر عند النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم رجل بعبادة واجتهاد فقال: كيف ذكر صاحبكم للموت؟ قالوا: ما نسمعه يذكره قال: ليس صاحبكم هناك


Imam Bazzar (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu ‘anhu). ‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) has declared a narrator very weak.

(Musnad Bazzar; Kashful Astar, Hadith: 3622, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 10 pg. 309)

However, Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded a similar narration which corroborates the Hadith in question. ‘Allamah Mundhiri (rahimahullah) has declared this version sound (hasan).

(Targhib, vol. 4 pg. 239)

Therefore, the Hadith in question may be quoted.


Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was once informed of a person’s ‘ibadah and striving for the cause of Din. He asked, ‘[How often] would he remember death.’ They replied, ‘We never heard him discuss death.’ Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘In that case, he is not of a very high level.’

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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