Hadith on Ummah: Righteousness in temperance, destruction in vain hope

Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The rightness in the beginning of this nation was by renouncing the world and attaining conviction. The destruction in the end of it is by miserliness and vain hopes.

Source: al-Zuhd li-Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal 52

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Suyuti

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ صَلَاحُ أَوَّلِ هَذِهِ الْأُمَّةِ بِالزُّهْدِ وَالْيَقِينِ وَيَهْلِكُ آخِرُهَا بِالْبُخْلِ وَالْأَمَلِ

52 الزهد لأحمد بن حنبل

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