The extreme poverty of the Ashabus Suffah

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Please translate and provide the reference for the following Hadith:

 أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم كان إذا صلى بالناس يخر رجال من قامتهم في الصلاة من الخصاصة وهم أصحاب الصفة حتى تقول الأعراب هؤلاء مجانين أو مجانون، فإذا صلى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم انصرف إليهم، فقال: لو تعلمون ما لكم عند الله لأحببتم أن تزدادوا فاقة وحاجة

 

Answer

Fadalah ibn ‘Ubayd (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports:

“When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would lead the Sahabah in Salah, some men would collapse among them during the Salah due to extreme hunger, they were the Ashabus Suffah. The Bedouins would say, ‘These people are mad/possessed’. When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) completed the Salah, he turned to them and said:

‘If you knew what [reward] was in store for you with Allah then you would wish that your hunger and need were more intense.”

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2368. Declared authentic by Imam Tirmidhi and Imam Ibn Hibban, Al Ihsan, Hadith: 724)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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