“…the reward of 50 men…”

Kitab Al-Malahim
Dawud :: Book 37 : Hadith 4327

Narrated AbuTha’labah al-Khushani:

AbuUmayyah ash-Sha’bani said: I asked AbuTha’labah al-Khushani: What is your
opinion about the verse “Care for yourselves”.*
He said: I swear by Allah, I asked the one who was well informed about it; I
asked the Apostle of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) about it.
He said: No, enjoin one another to do what is good and forbid one another to
do what is evil. But when you see niggardliness being obeyed, passion being followed, worldly interests being preferred, everyone being charmed with his opinion, then care for yourself, and leave alone what people in general are doing; for ahead of you are days which will require endurance, in which showing endurance will be like grasping live coals. The one who acts rightly during that period will have the reward of fifty men who act as he does.
Another version has: He said (The hearers asked:) Apostle of Allah, the
reward of fifty of them?
He replied: The reward of fifty of you.

* “O you who believe! Take care of your ownselves. If you follow the right guidance, no hurt can come to you from those who are in error…” [al-Ma’idah; 105]

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