Shama-il Tirmidhi Chapter 36, Hadith Number 2 (232).

Abu Hurayrah Radiyallahu anhu reports that Rasulullah sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “The most truthful couplet recited by a poet is that of Labeed bin Rabi’ah: ‘verirly be aware, besides the Almighty everything else is futile’. And Ummayyah bin Abis-Sault was about to accept Islaam”.

Sayyidina Labeed Radiyallahu Anhu was a famous poet. After accepting Islaam, he stopped composing poetry. Heused to say Allah Ta’ala has given me something better than poetry, and the Quran is enough for me. He is among the famous Sahabah, and attained the age of one hundred and forty, or more. The other part of the couplet is every gift must at some times come to an end.’.

Umayyah bin abis-saut was a famous poet, who expressed the truth in his poetry. He believed in qiyaamah. However, the mercy of the Almighty was not with him, and he was unfortunate not to accept Islaam. Sayidina Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said regarding him: “His poetry accepted Islaam but his heart did not”. A little more detail is given of him in hadith number eight.

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