“Work for your worldly life as if you are living forever...”
Fatwa No: 91760

  • Fatwa Date:2-4-2006 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 4, 1427
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Question

Is “Work for your worldly life as if you are living forever, and work for your Hereafter as if you are dying tomorrow.”, a narration of the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger. We ask Allaah to exalt his mention as well as that of his family and all his companions.

 

This narration was not said by the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) rather it is confirmed that it was a statement of ‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Amr Ibn Al-‘Aas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him as reported by Al-Haythami may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him with the wording: "Work for your worldly life as if you are living forever, and work for your Hereafter as if you are dying tomorrow." This narration is also attributed to the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) but it is not authentic. Al-Bayhaqi and Ad-Daylami may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them reported that ‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Amr Ibn Al-‘Aas,  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "Perform the work of a man [in regard to this worldly life] who believes that he will never die, and be careful and fear the Hereafter like a man who fears to die tomorrow.  However, As-Sayooti may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him classified it as weak. Al-Munaawi may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said: 'It is weak because the chain of narrators of this narration contains unknown and weak narrators.' 

Allaah Knows best.

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