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Statement of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) regarding friends

Question

Is this statement authentic from Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu)?

Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said:

‘Stick with your true brothers. You can live in comfort with them, as they are a delight in times of ease, and you can lean on them in times of hardship. Assume the best about your brother until he comes with something that should alarm you from him. Avoid your enemy, and beware of befriending anyone but the trustworthy, and there is no trust for the one who doesn’t fear Allah.’

 

Answer

Imam Ibn Hibban (rahimahullah) has recorded this as part of a lengthy statement of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu’anhu) in which he offered eighteen sterling advices about interaction with fellow citizens.

(Rawdatul ‘Uqala of Imam Ibn Hibban (rahimahullah), pg.83. Also see Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 7993)

 

The narrators in the chain of Rawdatul ‘Uqala of Imam Ibn Hibban are all reliable.

Note: The sequence in the references that I have checked are different from whats in your query.

 

See the full narration here.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar