Abdullah on Weeping: Cry from fear of Allah, or pretend to cry

Ibn Abi Mulaykah reported: I was sitting with Abdullah ibn Amr, may Allah be pleased with him, by the stone of the Ka’bah and he mentioned a prophetic tradition, then he said, “Weep! If you do not find yourself weeping, then feign weeping. By the one in whose hand is my soul, if you truly knew, one of you would cry out until his voice is hoarse and pray until his back is broken.”

Source: al-Zuhd wal-Raqā’iq 1007

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani

عَنِ ابْنِ أَبِي مُلَيْكَةَ قَالَ جَلَسْتُ مَعَ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرِو رضي الله عنه فِي الْحِجْرِ فَذَكَرَ حَدِيثًا ثُمَّ قَالَ ابْكُوا فَإِنْ لَمْ تَجِدُوا بُكَاءً فَتَبَاكَوْا وَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ لَوْ أَنَّكُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ الْعِلْمَ لَصَرَخَ أَحَدُكُمْ حَتَّى يَنْقَطِعَ صَوْتُهُ وَصَلَّى حَتَّى يَنْكَسِرَ صُلْبُهُ

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