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A Hadith Qudsi stating that Allah Ta’ala is eager to meet the righteous

Question

Is this Hadith Qudsi authentic?

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Allah Ta’ala says: ‘The righteous long to meet me but I am more eager to meet them.'”

 

Answer

‘Allamah Subki (rahimahullah) and ‘Allamah ‘Iraqi (rahimahullah) have stated that they have not come across any basis for this narration as a Hadith of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

(Tabaqatush Shafi’iyyah, vol. 6 pg. 331 and Al Mughni ‘An Hamlil Asfar, Hadith: 2586)

 

Hafiz Ibn Rajab Al Hambali (rahimahullah) states that this appears in some Historical narrations (في بعض الآثار الإسرائيلية).

(Lataiful Ma’arif, pg, 124, Al Maktabul Islami edition. Also see: At Targhib Fid Du’a Wal Hatthi ‘Alayhi, of Imam ‘Abdul Ghani Al Maqdisi, Hadith: 19)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar