Is this Hadith correct?
نجا أول هذه الأمة باليقين والزهد ويهلك آخر هذه الأمة بالبخل والأمل
Imam Abu Bakr ibn Abid Dunya and Imam Abul Qasim Al Isbahani (rahimahumallah) have recorded this Hadith.
(Kitabu Qasril Amal, Hadith: 20, Kitabul Yaqin, Hadith: 3 and At Targhib Wat Tarhib of Abul Qasim Al Isbahani, Hadith: 165)
The narration is corroborated and suitable to quite.
(Targhib, vol. 4 pg. 241. Also see: Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 9256)
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
“The first people of this ummah [i.e. The Sahabah and Tabi’un] were saved due to their conviction and asceticism and the last of this ummah will be destroyed due to miserliness and hopes/expectations.”
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar