Is the following a Hadith?

“A believer in the Masjid is like a fish in the water and a hypocrite in the Masjid is like a bird in the cage”



‘Allamah ‘Ajluni (rahimahullah) states that although this is famously [quoted] as a Hadith, he does not know of these words to be a Hadith. He further states that this seems to be the statement of Malik ibn Dinar (rahimahullah).

(Kashful Khafa, Hadith: 2689)


This should therefore not be quoted as a Hadith of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), despite its meaning being correct.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar