Man has never encountered anything more severe than death

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Is this narration authentic?

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “The Son of Adam never encountered anything since Allah created him more severe than death, then death is less than what is after”



Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith. Sayyiduna Anas ibn Malik (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “The son of Adam never encountered anything more severe since Allah created him than death and death is the easiest of what is to come.”

(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 3 pg. 154)


‘Allamah Mundhiri (rahimahullah) has declared the chain authentic (jayyid) and ‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahumallah) has declared the narrators credible (rijaluhu muwatthaqun).

(Targhib, vol. 4 pg. 389/390, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 2 pg. 319 and vol. 10 pg. 334).


Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded a longer version.

(Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 1997)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad 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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