I read a hadith: "The best of you at the end of time is the one who does not have any children." I wonder if this hadith is sound or not.
Submitted by on Mon, 26/11/2018 - 16:17
Dear Brother / Sister,
There is a hadith meaning "The best of you at the end of time is the one who does not have any children." The phrase "khafiful-had" mentioned in hadiths is related to end of time. It is a phrase used for those whose accounting will be easy on the Day of Judgment. However, it is stated that this narration is weak. (Ahmad b. Hanbal, Musnad, V/252; Tirmidhi, Zuhd, 35; Ibn Majah, Zuhd, 4)
The meaning of the phrase "khafiful-had" mentioned in hadith is a person who has a light burden of wealth and children. (Ibnul- Athir, an-Nihaya fi Gharibil-Hadith)
The bigness of the ummah is praised in other narrations and having many children is encouraged. From this point of view, it is not appropriate to cause the number of the ummah to decrease. However, attention is drawn to the tests of end of time in order to show the difficulty of bringing up children at that time.
On the other hand, those who are not married or who are married but have no children can hope that their accounting will be easier based on this hadith and similar ones.
Nevertheless, the families that give their children the necessary religious and worldly education and bring them up well will receive their rewards. Then, it is necessary to evaluate every narration in its own context and decree accordingly. Every Muslim can prefer one of them based on his state and position. He will get his reward based on his intention.
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