Explain the meaning of the hadith - "...hundred years will pass from this night and in the earth it will not remain a single person"
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Question: There is a hadith with an approximate sense - our Prophet (peace be upon him) said to his companions – hundred years will pass from this night and in the earth it will not remain a single person. How do our scholars explain it? (Anonim)

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Answer:

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh 

This Hadith you are asking about is recorded in Sahih Muslim. Sayyiduna Jabir bin Abdillah (Radiyallahu Anhu) reports that the Prophet of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said:

أقسم بالله ما على الأرض من نفس منفوسة تأتي عليها مائة سنة

“I take an oath in the name of Allah that no living soul shall live for a hundred years (after this night)” (Sahih Muslim, Hadith #: 2538)

This statement of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) was meant for the generation that was present in his time and this means that none of the Sahabah or people living at that time could have lived for 100 years more after that night.

It is not applicable to the generations that came thereafter, therefore, those who were born after could have lived for more than 100 years and in fact even in present times, there are people who are over 100 years living.

And Allah Knows Best.

Wassalaam.

 

Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed

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