Correct translation of the hadith on man’s greed

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In the narration below, is the correct word, ‘mouth’ or ‘stomach’?

If there was one valley full of gold for the son of Adam, he would long for a second valley, and nothing would fill the stomach/mouth of the son of Adam but sand (of the grave).

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This hadith is reported by various Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum) with varied wordings, all of which are authentically recorded.

In Sahih Bukhari alone, the following words appear in separate versions:

stomach (البطن), eye (العين) and mouth (الفم), each one in place of the other.

(Sahih Bukhari, hadith numbers: 6436-6439)

The commentators mention that, although most of the narrations mention the stomach, the purpose of these wordings is the same; to show that man will never be satisfied till death (as man’s eyes, mouth and stomach are all covered by the sand in the grave)

(Fathul Bari, hadith: 6436 & Faidul Qadir, hadith: 7476)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon 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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