Praise be to Allaah.
“The sleep of the scholar is better than the worship of the ignorant”, is
not a hadeeth from the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him)
and it is not a report from any of the Sahaabah or Taabi‘een. It is not
known in the books of Sunnah and hadeeth, and we have not come across it in
any of the recognized books of Sunnah, even after extensive searching.
found it among the books of the Shi‘ah which are full of fabrications and
lies, in a book called Man la yahduruhu al-Faqeeh (4/352-367) by
ash-Shaykh as-Sadooq (d. 381 AH), where it says:
narrated from Hammaad ibn ‘Amr and Anas ibn Muhammad from his father, and
they both – meaning Hammaad and Muhammad the father of Anas – narrated from
Ja‘far ibn Muhammad, from his father, from his grandfather, from ‘Ali ibn
Abi Taalib, from the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) that
he said to him: – and he mentioned a very lengthy hadeeth, in which he said:
‘O ‘Ali! The sleep of the scholar is better than the worship of the
From this book
it was picked up by many of the books of the Shi‘ah, such as Makaarim
al-Akhlaaq by at-Tubrusi (d. 548 AH), p. 441; Bihaar al-Anwaar by
al-Majlisi, 2/25; and elsewhere.
of falsehood is clear in this hadeeth. Hammaad ibn ‘Amr and Muhammad the
father of Anas are both majhool (unknown) and are not known to have been
narrated from Ja‘far as-Saadiq. There is no mention of him in the books of
the Sunnis or even in the books of the Shi‘ah, to such an extent that the
commentator on the book Man la yahduruhu Faqeeh (1/536) said, when
Shaykh as-Sadooq attributed its isnaad to Hammaad ibn ‘Amr and Anas:
“Hammaad ibn ‘Amr, perhaps he is from the city of Naseebiyyeen, and is not
mentioned, and the same applies to Anas ibn Muhammad. In the isnaad going
back to them there are unknown narrators, and it is as if they are from
among the regular masses”– meaning Ahl as-Sunnah!
Abu’l-Qaasim al-Kho’i gave a biography of him in Mu‘jam Rijaal al-Hadeeth,
7/235, he did not narrate from anyone that they regarded him as trustworthy.
Rather he also said: “as-Sadooq’s isnaad going back to him about the will
(wasiyyah) of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him and his
family) to Ameer al-Mu’mineen [‘Ali] (peace be upon him) is da‘eef (weak),
and includes a number of unknown narrators.” End quote.
sufficient for you to know that hundreds of hadeeths that are attributed to
Ja‘far as-Saadiq were only narrated with this isnaad going back to him,
which even some of the Shi ‘ah admit includes some unknown narrators, and
the unknown narrator is used as a means to tell lies about the Messenger of
Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him).
this is another saying, “The sleep of the scholar is worship.” These are not
the words of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) either.
Mullah ‘Ali al-Qaari (may Allah have mercy on him) said: It has no basis in
any marfoo‘ report (one that has an isnaad going back to the Prophet
(blessings and peace of Allah be upon him)).
End quote from
al-Asraar al-Marfoo‘ah fi’l-Akhbaar al-Mawdoo‘ah, p. 374
And Allah knows best.