Hadith

On a Long Life

The Message, March/June 2007 Issue, p. 27

Abu Bakr told that when a man asked God’s Messenger who among men was best he replied,

“He who has a long life and does what is good.”

He asked who among men was worst and he replied,

“He who has a long life and does what is evil.”

Ahmad, Tirmidhi and Darimi transmitted it.


Abdullah bin Shaddad told that when three members of the Banu Udhra came to the Prophet and accepted Islam he asked who would look after them for him and Talha said he would, so they stayed with him. The Prophet sent out an expedition which one of them joined, and he was martyred. Afterwards he sent out an expedition which a second man joined, and he was martyred. Later the third man died in his bed, and Talha said he had seen these three in paradise and had seen that the one who died in his bed was their leader, the one who was martyred second coming next to him and the first coming next to him. He had misgivings about that, so he mentioned the matter to the Prophet, and he said,

“What objection have you to that? No one is more excellent in God’s sight than a believer whose life is prolonged in Islam to glorify and magnify God and declare His uniqueness.”

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