The only regret a person will have in the Hereafter

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Is the following Hadith suitable to quote?

“The only regret of the inhabitants of Jannah will be the time they had spent not remembering Allah Ta’ala”



Imam Tabarani, Imam Ibnus Sunni and Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahumullah) have recorded this narration on the authority of Sayyiduna Mu’adh ibn Jabal (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 182, Vol. 20, ‘Amalul Yawmi Wal Laylah, Hadith: 3 and Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 509, 510)


‘Allamah Mundhiri (rahimahullah) has declared one chain of narrators of Imam Bayhaqi reliable.

Although there is an omission at the end of the chain (before the Sahabi), the Hadith is suitable to quote and is supported by a corroborating narrations as Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) has mentioned.

(Refer: Targhib, vol. 2 pg. 400/401, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 10 pg. 74)


‘Allamah Munawi (rahimahullah) explains that this regret will be on the Day of Qiyamah and not in Jannah. When a person’s actions will be present before him and he realises how much of time he had spent unmindful of Allah Ta’ala he will have this regret, despite being from those who will enter Jannah.

(Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 7701)

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 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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