A famous Hadith is attributed to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam): “Die before you die” موتوا قبل ان تموتوا.
Though it has no chain, What/who is the earliest source of this saying?
Although this has been cited in certain non primary sources as a Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), This is not proven as a Hadith as you have stated.
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Mulla ‘Ali Al Qari (rahimahullah) has stated that this is the statement of some of the Sufis. I have not come across a specific name.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. 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.