People will only greet those who they know before Qiyamah

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Kindly provide the following Hadith in Arabic:

“Before the Hour comes, there will be special greeting for the people of distinction.”



Perhaps you are referring to the following Hadith reported by Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu ‘anhu), wherein Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) has said:

إن بين يدي الساعة تسليم الخاصة وفشو التجارة حتى تعين المرأة زوجها على التجارة وقطع الأرحام وشهادة الزور وكتمان شهادة الحق وظهور القلم



Hereunder is an explanatory translation of the aforementioned text of the Hadith:

‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu ‘anhu) has mentioned that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) has said:

‘Verily before the final hour people will only greet those that they know. Business will become so widespread and extensive that even the wife will [begin to] assist her husband in it [i.e. in amassing wealth]. Families will [begin to] cut off ties. People will [begin to] give false testimony, and those bearing the truth will [begin to] conceal it. [Finally,] Forgetfulness will also become so rampant that the people of knowledge will be forced into writing things down to preserve it.

(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 1 pgs. 407-408; Also see: Hashiyatus Sindhi, vol. 1 pg. 654)


And Allah Ta’ala knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Farhan Shariff


Approved: 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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