Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)’s advice to Mu’adh ibn Jabal (radiyallahu ‘anhu)

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Could you provide the reference of this narration and can it be quoted?

Sayyiduna Mu’adh ibn Jabal asked Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) for advice. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Worship Allah as though you can see him, regard yourself to be from the dead [i.e. remember death constantly], remember Allah at every tree and stone. When you perpetrate an evil deed then immediately carry out a good deed, secretly for a sin perpetrated secretly and in the open for an evil deed carried out openly”



Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration with a reliable chain of narrators. However, there is an omission just before the Sahabi. The Hadith is suitable to quote and gains support from many corroborating narrations.

(Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 374, volume: 20. Refer: Targhib, vol. 4 pg. 106/107 and Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 4 pg. 218)


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Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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