Al-Hasan al-Lu’lu’i said:
“Forty years of my life have passed in which I never awoke or went to sleep except that a book was resting on my chest.“
[Jami’ Bayan al-‘Ilm wa Fadlih]
Is it authentic?
It is mentioned by Hafidh Ibn Abdul-Barr rahimahullah in Jami’ Bayan ‘Ilm (no. 2426):
“It was reported from Hasan al-Lu’lu – if it is authentic from him – that he said: “Forty years have passed me in which I did not get up or go to sleep except there was a book on my chest”
Hafidh Ibn Abdul-Barr does not mention a chain and the verifier of the book did not comment on it. However, the wording “if it is authentic from him” shows doubt about its authenticity.
I also found the narration reported by Jaahidh in his Book al-Hayawaan where he said:
وسمعت الحسن اللؤلؤي يقول: غبرت أربعين عاما ما قلت ولا بت ولا اتكأت إلا والكتاب موضوع على صدري
And I heard Hasan al-Lu’lu say: “I remained for forty years in which I did not speak nor sleep nor recline except there was a book placed on my chest”
Jaahidh met al-Hasan al-Lu’lu; however, Jaahidh is not reliable. Tha’lab said: “He is not reliable”
[Siyar ‘Alaam an-Nubala (11/527)]
It was also mentioned by ‘Aidh al-Qarni in his book ‘La Tahzan [Do not Be Sad]’ without a chain or reference. It appears he took it directly from Jaahidh as he has the same wording and passage. However, the book ‘Do Not Be Sad’ is not a book that should be read as Shaikh Ahmad an-Najmi rahimahullah mentioned here.
So it is doubtful whether this narration is authentic and it appears to be weak.
And Allah Knows best
Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan