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1) Understanding the Meaning of the Hadith on Basic Needs

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1) I came across the following Hadith: ” The son of Adam (alaih salam) has no better right than that hewould have a house wherein he may live and a piece of cloth whereby he may hide his nakedness and a piece of bread and some water”.(Tirmidhi) While the literal meaning of this Hadith is obviously clear, I am not sure what the actual meaning is. Does it mean that if a person has basic needs of housing,clothes,food and water, then he should be content in his life and not have desire for more?Kindly shed light on this.

2) There is another Hadith: “My Sahaaba are like stars, whomever among them you follow, you will be guided.” Is this Hadith authentic?



1. This is what a righteous Muslim should be aiming for. If he cannot manage that immediately then at least he should have this as the goal.

2. Yes.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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