What is the authenticity of this statement and who said it?
Whomsoever sits and spends time in the company of eight types of people, Allah Ta’ala will increase him in certain qualities:
Whoever spends time in the company of the wealthy, Allah Ta’ala will increase his love and inclination for this world….
Faqih Abu Layth As Samarqandi (rahimahullah) has cited this statement in Tambihul Ghafilin without attributing it to anyone. He writes, ‘يقال…’ i.e. ‘It has been stated…”
(Tambihul Ghafilin, pg. 416/417)
I have not come across who this narration is attributed to. Despite this, for narrations like the one in question, the source provided above is sufficient. The advice mentioned therein is profound and should be heeded.
See the full narration here.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar