According to islam.org.hk:

Another among the signs of the End Times is that the pilgrimage will be made for the sake of travel, business, ostentation or begging.

Such a time will come when the rich go on pilgrimage for purposes of travel, the comfortably off for business, the wise for boasting and outward show, and the poor to beg. (Narrated by Anas (r.a.))

Where is this quote from?

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    I seen many websites say the same hadith but there are no origins of it that are include apart from that it was narrated by Anas. It is a bit difficult to find the source of it. Apr 24, 2017 at 19:10

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Sunni View

The hadith you refer to is mentioned in several books as discussed below (and others). The grading of the hadith is either very weak or fabricated.

It'haf Al-Jama'a

From It'haf Al-Jama'a (إتحاف الجماعة بما جاء في الفتن والملاحم وأشراط الساعة), Vol. 2, p. 22, quoted from a long hadith attributed to Ibn 'Abbas through the Prophet (ﷺ), referenced in Al-Jalees Al-Salih (see below):

عند ذلك يا سلمان يحج الناس إلى هذا البيت الحرام؛ تحج ملوكهم لهوًا وتنزهًا، وأغنياؤهم للتجارة، ومساكينهم للمسألة، وقراؤهم رياء وسمعة

At the time, O Salman, people will do hajj to the Great Mosque [Mecca]: their kings for fun and picnic, their rich for trade, their needy for begging, and their readers for showing off and reputation.

— NOTE: My own translation, so treat with care.

In the same book, Ibn Mardawaih (ابن مردويه) said that the hadith is weak, and its content is partially correct in meaning.

The chain of narration is:

  1. The Prophet (ﷺ)
  2. 'Abdullah ibn 'Abbas
  3. Ibrahim ibn Makhlad
  4. 'Abdel-Malik ibn 'Eid
  5. Sulaim ibn Muslim
  6. Ibrahim ibn Makhlad
  7. Mohammad ibn Abi Sho'aib
  8. Mohammad ibn Al-Hussain
  9. Al-Mu'afa ibn Zakaria

This grades the hadith as very weak (da'eef jiddan) due to Sulaim ibn Muslim Al-Khashab, who used to fabricate hadith.

Ihya' 'Ulum al-Din

From Ihya' 'Ulum al-Din (إحياء علوم الدين) Vol. 1, p.200 (English) or p.262 (Arabic), Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali referenced to this hadith without full attribution:

وقد روي في خبر من طريق أهل البيت إذا كان آخر الزمان خرج الناس إلى الحج أربعة أصناف سلاطينهم للنزهة وأغنياؤهم للتجارة وفقراؤهم للمسألة وقراؤهم للسمعة

It was narrated that Ahl Al-Bayt informed: In the latter days, the people will go to Hajj will be of four types: The sultans [rulers] for picnicking, the rich for trade, the poor for begging, and the readers for fame.

NOTE: My own translation, so treat with care.

Al-'Iraqi in Takhreej Ahadeeth Ihya' 'Ulum al-Din (تخريج أحاديث إحياء علوم الدين) Vol. 2, p. 670 is quoted:

وقال العراقي: رواه الخطيب من حديث أنس بإسناد مجهول وليس فيه ذكر السلاطين ورواه أبو عثمان الصابوني في كتاب المائتين فقال تحج أغنياء أمتي للنزهة وأوساطهم للتجارة وفقراؤهم للمسألة وقراؤهم للرياء والسمعة

And Al-Iraqi said: This was narrated by Al-Khateeb from the hadith of Anas with an unknown chain of narration, and does not mention the sultans. It was also narrated by Abu 'Uthman Al-Sabooni in his book Al-Ma'atain as: The rich of my umma will do hajj for picnicking, and their mid-class for trade, and their poor for begging, and their readers for fame and showing off.

NOTE: My own translation, so treat with care.

The conclusion from this source is that it is a hadith with an unattributed chain of narration, i.e., fabricated.

Al-Jalees Al-Salih Al-Kafi

In Al-Jalees Al-Salih Al-Kafi (الجليس الصالح الكافي والأنيس الناصح الشافي), Al-Twaigri wrote in Ch. 61, p. 446 that Abu Al-Faraj Al-Mu'afa ibn Zakariya narrated this long hadith through a chain of narration that ends with ibn 'Abbas (same chain as the one in It'haf Al-Jama'a above):

قال: إي والذي نفسي بيده، عندها يحج أمراء الناس لهوا وتنزها، وأوساط الناس للتجارة، وفقراء الناس للمسألة، وقراء الناس للرياء والسمعة

The Prophet (ﷺ) said: Yes, by whom my soul is in His hand, at that time, the princes will do hajj for fun and picnic, and the mid-class for trade, and the poor for begging, and the readers for showing off and reputation.

— NOTE: My own translation, so treat with care.

This has the same chain of narration as It'haf Al-Jama'a, and is accordingly equally graded as very weak.

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