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‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu ‘anhu) on good guidance before Qiyamah

Could you kindly provide the reference and authenticity of this quote:

“[Before Qiyamah] Desires and whims will be the motivating factor for carrying out deeds. Know well that good guidance/teachings in these times is better than carrying out certain deeds”


Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) has recorded this as the statement of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu ‘anhu) in Al Adabul Mufrad. This is the ending of a narration wherein Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu ‘anhu) was describing the changes in time.

Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) has graded the chain authentic (sahih) and further adds that the nature of this Hadith is not such that could be made up using logic. [It will therefore be understood that Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu ‘anhu) heard this from Nabi sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam].

(Al Adabul Mufrad, Hadith: 789, Fathul Bari, under Hadith: 6098)

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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