The complete Hadith regarding the reward of fifty Sahabah

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Can you provide the complete narration and the Arabic text of the Hadith regarding the reward of fifty Sahabah? You have answered part of it here.



The full narration is as follows:

Abu Umayyah Ash Sha’bani says, “I came to Abu Tha’labah Al Khushani (radiyallahu ‘anhu) and asked him, ‘What is the explanation of this Verse?’ He said: ‘Which Verse?’ I said, The verse: ‘O believers! You are accountable for none but yourselves. Anyone who has gone astray cannot harm you if you are on the right way’ (Surah Al Maidah, Verse: 105). Abu Tha’labah Al Khushani (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said, ‘By Allah, you have asked someone who is well informed regarding this, for I have asked also asked Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) [regarding the explanation of this Verse]. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘Continue doing good and abstaining from evil [and enjoining good and forbidding evil] until such a time where you see greed that is obeyed, desires that are followed, and the world preferred and everyone being amazed with his own view [without proper research], then at this point you should only be concerned about yourself and leave the common folk. For verily ahead of you are such [difficult] days, staying steadfast on Din will be like holding onto burning cinders. Those that do good deeds in those days will receive the reward of fifty people who carry out deeds like you. ‘Abdullah ibn Mubarak (rahimahullah) further states (from another teacher), It was again asked, O Rasulullah! Will they receive the reward of fifty people like them or fifty of us? Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied: ‘Fifty of you!’”

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 3058 and Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 4341)


Note: The above narration explains the number of reward that those who hold on to their Din in times of great fitnah, trials and tribulations will attain. This does not imply that they will be greater than Sahabah.

(Refer: Tuhfatul Ahwadhi)


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Arabic Text of the Hadith as recorded in Sunan Tirmidhi:

عن أبي أمية الشعباني قال: أتيت أبا ثعلبة الخشني، فقلت له: كيف تصنع بهذه الآية؟ قال: أية آية؟ قلت: قوله تعالى: {يا أيها الذين آمنوا عليكم أنفسكم لا يضركم من ضل إذا اهتديتم} [المائدة: 105] قال: أما والله لقد سألت عنها خبيرا، سألت عنها رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال: بل ائتمروا بالمعروف وتناهوا عن المنكر، حتى إذا رأيت شحا مطاعا، وهوى متبعا، ودنيا مؤثرة، وإعجاب كل ذي رأي برأيه، فعليك بخاصة نفسك ودع العوام، فإن من ورائكم أياما الصبر فيهن مثل القبض على الجمر، للعامل فيهن مثل أجر خمسين رجلا يعملون مثل عملكم قال عبد الله بن المبارك: وزادني غير عتبة – قيل: يا رسول الله أجر خمسين رجلا منا أو منهم. قال:لا بل أجر خمسين رجلا منكم


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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