The Hadith: 'Whoever builds a house exceeding their need will be asked to carry it on the Day of Resurrection'

Q 7: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Whoever builds a house will be asked to carry it on the Day of Resurrection,” or as said by the Prophet (peace be upon him). What is the degree of authenticity of this Hadith?


A: This Hadith was narrated by Al-Tabarany in his book entitled Al-Kabir, and by Abu Nu‘aym in his book entitled Al-Hilyah on the authority of Ibn Mas‘ud (may Allah be pleased with him) with the wording, “Whoever constructs a building exceeding their need will be ordered to carry it over their neck on the Day of Resurrection.” Al-Dhahaby narrated it in (Part No. 4; Page No. 483) his book Al-Mizan and declared that it is Hadith Munkar (rejected Hadith reported by a weak narrator whose narration conflicts with an authentic Hadith). Moreover, Al-Hafizh Al-‘Iraqy stated that its Sanad (chain of narrators) involves discontinuity and weakness.

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