Hadith Five
The Prophet's Recommendation To Hasten To Do Good Deeds Without Procrastination Nor Laziness, Before Involvement With Concerns And Unforeseeable Obstacles
It is narrated from Abu Hurayra - Allah be well-pleased with him -- that the Prophet said: "Hasten to good deeds before seven [deadlines]! Are you waiting for poverty to make you oblivious? Or wealth to turn you into an oppressor? Or debilitating illness? Or hoary senility? Or sudden death? Or the Antichrist - what a loathsome wait! Or the Hour [of Resurrection]? Indeed, the Hour is hardest to bear and most bitter!"
Al-Tirmidhi narrated it and declared it hasan, while al-Hakim declared its chain sahih as stated in al-Mundhiri's Targhib and in Fayd al-Qadir.1
1 Al-Tirmidhi declared it hasan gharib....
Allah's blessings and peace on the Prophet., his Family, and his Companions
Dr. G.F. Haddad
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