The best deeds according to ‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul ‘Aziz (rahimahullah)

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Is this Hadith authentic?

أفضل الأعمال ما أكرهت عليه النفوس



Imam Abu Bakr ibn Abid Dunya (rahimahullah) has recorded this as the statement of ‘Umar ibn ‘Abdil ‘Aziz (rahimahullah).

(Muhasabatun Nafs, Hadith: 113)


‘Allamah ‘Iraqi (rahimahullah) has stated that he has not come across this as a Hadith of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

(Al Mughni ‘An Hamlil Asfar, Hadith: 3676)



The best actions are those which the nafs is forced to carry out/dislikes doing.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved 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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