Hadith

Hadith: THe World is the Believer’s Prison

“The world is the believer’s prison and the disbeliever’s Paradise”

(al-dunya sijn al-mu’min wa jannah al-kafir)[1]

 Imam al-Suyuti says: [Related] by Muslim and Tirmidhi from the narration of Abu Hurayrah and Ahmad from the narration of ‘Abd Allah b. ‘Amru b. Ziyad.[2] End.

al-Zarkashi said:[3] Muslim mentioned it from the narration of Abu Hurayrah and [regarding it] al-Tirmidhi said: it is hasan sahih.

 Ahmad also narrated it in his Musnad from the narration of ‘Abd Allah b. ‘Amru and said: ‘… the prison of the believer as well as his deficiency. If he separates from the world, he separates from his prison and deficiency.’

 The meaning of ‘al-sanah’ is ‘al-jadab’ (sterility, dearth, deficiency and barrenness). End.


[1] See Imam Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti’s al-Durar al-Muntathirah fi ’l-Ahadith al-Mushtahirah, (#223), p.118.

[2] Rigorously authenticated (sahih): See Muslim, Sahih, 1/46; al-Tirmidhi, Sunan, 3/262; Ahmad, Musnad, 2/197-8 & & 323; ibn Majah, Sunan (#4113); ibn Hibban, Sahih, 2/463-464 (#687); Mustadrak of al-Hakim, 3/699 & 4/351 (#6540 & 7882); Mawarid al-Zaman of al-Haythami, (#616) as well as his Majma al-Zawa’id, 10/288-289; ibn Abi Shaybah, al-Musannaf, 7/129 (#34722); Musnad of al-Bazzar, 6/461 (#2498); al-Tabarani, al-Awsat, 3/157, 9/5 & 150 (#2782, 9136 & 9385) & his Mujam al-Kabir, 6/236 & 268 (#183 & 6087); Musnad al-Shihab, 1/118 (#145); Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali, Jamial-Ulum wa ’l-Hikam, pp.136 & 294; al-Bayhaqi, Shuab al-Iman, 5/27 & 7/148 & 324-325 (#5645, 9797, 10461 & 10463) and Kitab al-Zuhd, 2/154, 188 & 192 (#336, 452 & 461); ibn Abi ‘Asim, Kitab al-Zuhd, p.28; ibn al-Mubarak, Kitab al-Zuhd, pp.40 & 212 (#123 & 598); al-Mundhiri, al-Targhib wa ’l-Tarhib, 3/100 (#3238); Ahmad, Musnad, 2/197, 323, 389 & 485 (#6855, 8272, 9043 & 10293) as well as his Kitab al-Zuhd, pp.69-70 (#128-129 & 142); al-Hakim al-Tirmidhi, Nawadir al-Usul, pp.135, 158 & 289; Musnad al-Firdaws of al-Daylami, 2/229-230 & 5/334 (#3103-3107 & 8354); al-Bayan al-Tarif, 2/51 (#1031); al-Mubarakfuri, Tuhfah al-Ahwadhi, 6/304 & 506; al-Nawawi, Sharh Sahih Muslim, 15/162 & 18/93; al-Suyuti in al-Daybaj, 6/273 (#2956); Fayd al-Qadir of al-Munawi, 3/421 & 546; al-Baghdadi, Takmilah al-Akmal, 2/603 (#23207); al-Daraqutni, al-‘Ilal, 8/331 (1602); Musnad of Abu Ya‘la, 11/404 (#6562); Musnad of ‘Abd b. Humayd, p.137 (#346); al-Maqasid al-Hasanah of al-Sakhawi, p.217; Mukhtasar Maqasid al-Hasanah by al-Zarqani, p.465; ibn al-Dayba‘, Tamyiz al-Tayyib, p.78; al-‘Ijluni in Kashf al-Khafa’, 1/410; Abu Nu‘aym in Hilyah al-Awliya’, 8/185; al-Qari, al-Asrar al-Marfuah, p.547; al-Khatib, Tarikh al-Baghdad, 6/401; al-Baghawi in his Sharh al-Sunnah, 14/296 & al-Zuhd of ibn Abi ‘Asim, al-Sunnah (#142).

[3] See al-Imam Muhummad b. ‘Abd Allah b. Bahadur al-Zarkashi in his al-La’ali’ al-Manthurah fi ’l-Ahadith al-Mashhurah, (#93), p.79-80.

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