Another version of the narration regarding the two seekers who are never satiated

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I would like to know whether the following Hadith is authentic?

منهومان لا تنقضي نهمتهم منهوم في طلب العلم لا تنقضي نهمته ومنهوم في طلب الدنيا لا تنقضي نهمته



Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma). ‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) has declared one of the narrators weak.

(Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 5666 and Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 11095 with variation in the wording. Refer: Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 1 pg. 135)


However, the Hadith corroborated and suitable to quote. See here.



The greed and desire of two desirous people are never satisfied; The one who is desirous for knowledge, his greed will never be satisfied and the one who is desirous for the world his greed will never be satisfied.


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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