Question

Kindly provide a reference for this Hadith.

“Speak the truth even if you see your ruin or death in it, for in it, is your salvation. Leave falsehood even if may hold out to you the promise of success and salvation, for actually, your ruin lies in it.”

 

Answer

I have not come across this narration in any of the authentic primary or secondary Hadith sources. This narration appears in Shi’i sources as the statement of Musa Al Kazim (rahimahullah).

The following statement of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) should be quoted instead:

“Always speak the truth, even if it leads to your death”

(Rawdatul ‘Uqala of Imam Ibn Hibban pg. 82-83. See here)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

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