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This hadith has been narrated through five different chains of transmitters and all of them are narrated on the authority of Mustaurid, brother of Bani Fihr, that Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: By Allah, this world (is so insigni- ficant in comparison) to the Hereafter that if one of you should dip his finger- (and wnile saying this Yahyg pointed with his forefinger) -in the ocean and then he should see as to what has stuck to it. This hadith has been narrated through another chain of transmitters also but with a slight variation of wording.
حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو بَكْرِ بْنُ أَبِي شَيْبَةَ، حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ إِدْرِيسَ، ح وَحَدَّثَنَا ابْنُ نُمَيْرٍ،
حَدَّثَنَا أَبِي وَمُحَمَّدُ بْنُ بِشْرٍ، ح وَحَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى بْنُ يَحْيَى، أَخْبَرَنَا مُوسَى بْنُ أَعْيَنَ، ح وَحَدَّثَنِي
مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ رَافِعٍ، حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو أُسَامَةَ، كُلُّهُمْ عَنْ إِسْمَاعِيلَ بْنِ أَبِي خَالِدٍ، ح وَحَدَّثَنِي مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ،
حَاتِمٍ - وَاللَّفْظُ لَهُ - حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى بْنُ سَعِيدٍ، حَدَّثَنَا إِسْمَاعِيلُ، حَدَّثَنَا قَيْسٌ، قَالَ سَمِعْتُ
مُسْتَوْرِدًا، أَخَا بَنِي فِهْرٍ يَقُولُ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏
"‏ وَاللَّهِ مَا الدُّنْيَا فِي
الآخِرَةِ إِلاَّ مِثْلُ مَا يَجْعَلُ أَحَدُكُمْ إِصْبَعَهُ هَذِهِ - وَأَشَارَ يَحْيَى بِالسَّبَّابَةِ - فِي الْيَمِّ فَلْيَنْظُرْ
بِمَ يَرْجِعُ ‏"‏ ‏.‏ وَفِي حَدِيثِهِمْ جَمِيعًا غَيْرَ يَحْيَى سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم
يَقُولُ ذَلِكَ ‏.‏ وَفِي حَدِيثِ أَبِي أُسَامَةَ عَنِ الْمُسْتَوْرِدِ بْنِ شَدَّادٍ أَخِي بَنِي فِهْرٍ وَفِي حَدِيثِهِ
أَيْضًا قَالَ وَأَشَارَ إِسْمَاعِيلُ بِالإِبْهَامِ ‏.‏

Classification

Sahih (Authentic)

References

• Sahih Muslim, 2858
• Sahih Muslim, Vol. 7, Book of Paradise, its Description, its Bounties and its Inhabitants, Hadith 6843
• Sahih Muslim, Book of Paradise, its Description, its Bounties and its Inhabitants, Hadith 6843