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‏فضائل الصحابة‏ (The Virtues of the Companions)
CHAPTER: THE MERITS OF THE COMPANIONS OF THE HOLY PROPHET (SALLALLAAHU ALAYHI WA SALLAM) AND OF THOSE WHO ARE NEXT TO THEM AND THEN OF THOSE WHO ARE NEXT TO THEM  

No. 6148

Abu Sa'id Khudri reported Allaah's Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying: A time would come for the people when groups of people would set out for fighting in the cause of Allaah and it would be said to them: Is there one amongst you who saw Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam)? And they would say: Yes, and they would be victorious. Then the people would set out for fighting in the cause of Allaah and it would be said to them: Is there one amongst you who saw those (who have had the privilege of sitting in the company of Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam)? And they would say: Yes, and victory would be granted to them. Then a group of persons would set out for fighting in the cause of Allaah and it would be said to them: Is there one amongst you who saw one of those who saw those who (had the privilege) of sitting in the company of Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam)? And they would say: Yes, and the Victory would be granted to them.

No. 6149

Abu Sa'id Khudri reported Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying: There would come to the people a time when a detachment would be sent for fighting in the cause of Allaah and they would say: See, if you can find amongst them someone from amongst the Companions of Allaah's Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam). They would find a person and they would be granted victory because of him. Then a second detachment would be sent to them and they would say: Do you find amongst them one who had had the privilege of seeing the Companions of the Prophet of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam)? -and the victory would be granted to them because of him. Then the third detachment would be sent and it would be said to them: See, if you find amongst them (who had had the honour of seeing one) who saw those who saw the Companions of Allaah's Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam). Then the fourth detachment would be sent and it would be said to them: See it you find amongst them one who had the privilege (of seeing) one who saw those who saw those who saw the Companions of Allaah's Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam), and a person would be found and they would be granted victory because of him.

No. 6150

Abdullah reported Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying: The best of my Umma would be those of the generation nearest to mine. Then those nearest to them, then those nearest to them, then people would come whose witness would precede the oath and the oath will precede the witness. Hannad has not made the mention of Qarn in his narration. Qutaiba said that, instead of the word Qaum, the word Aqwam has been used.

No. 6151

Abdullah reported: It was asked from Allaah's Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) who amongst the people were the best. He said: (People) of my generation, then those next to them, then those next to them, then there would come a people whose evidence would precede their oath and their oath would precede their evidence. Ibrahim said: They forbade us to make vows and bear witness when we were too young.

No. 6152

This hadith has been transmitted by Mansur on the authority of Abu al-Ahwas and Jarir with a slight variation of wording.

No. 6153

'Abdullah (b. Mas'ud) reported Allaah's Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying: The best among people are of my generation, then those next to them. (The narrator said): I do not know whether (he said) it three times or four times. Then there would fellow after them such persons whose evidence would precede the oath, and in case of some others, the oath (would precede) the evidence.

No. 6154

Abu Huraira reported Allaah's Messenger (may, sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying: The best age of my Umma is one in which I was sent (by Allaah as an Prophet), then the one next to that. (The narrator said): And Allaah knows best whether he stated this third (time) or not. Then there would come people who would love (to look) bulky and they would hasten to the witness box before they are asked to bear witness.

No. 6155

This hadith has been reported on the authority of Abu Huraira through another chain of transmitters (but with this variation) that Abu Huraira said: I do not know whether he (the Prophet) said (these words:" Then next" ) twice or thrice.

No. 6156

Imran b. Husain reported Allaah's-Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying: The best among you (are) the people (who belong to) my age. Then those next to them, then those next to them, then those next to them. 'Imran said: I do not know whether Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said twice or thrice (the words:" Then next" ) after (saying) about his (own age but he then said): Then after them (after successors or those who would succeed them) would come a people who would give evidence before they are asked for it, and would be dishonest and not trustworthy, who would make vows but would not fulfil them, and would be significant in being bulky.

No. 6157

This hadith has been reported on the authority of Shu'ba with the same chain of transmitters (and the words are): I do not know whether he made a mention of two generations after his generation or of the third one too. Shababa said: I heard this from Zahdam b. Mudarrib as he came to me riding a horse for some need and he narrated it to me that he had heard it from 'Imran b. Husain, and in the hadith transmitted on the authority of Yahya and Shababa (the words are): They take an oath but they do not fulfil it, and in the hadith transmitted on the authority of Bahz there the word is Yafun as transmitted on the authority of Ibn Ja'far.

No. 6158

This hadith has been narrated on the authority of 'Imran b. Husain through another chain of transmitters (and the words are): The best generation of this Umma is the generation to which I have been sent, then the next one, and there is an addition in the hadith transmitted on the authority of Abu 'Awana (and the words are): And Allaah knows best whether he made a mention of the third (generation) or not; the rest of the hadith is the same as transmitted by Zahdam on the authority of 'Imran. And in the hadith transmitted by Hisham on the authority of Qatada there is an addition of these words: They take an oath whereas they are not asked to take.

No. 6159

'A'isha reported that a person asked Allaah's Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) as to who amongst the people were the best. He said: Of the generation to which I belong, then of the second generation (generation adjacent to my generation), then of the third generation (generation adjacent to the second generation).




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