A narration regarding recognising Allah Ta’ala

Question

Is the following a Hadith or a saying of a pious person?

اعْرفوني قبل أن تعبدوني, فإن لم تعرفوني فكيف تعبدوني

 

Answer

I have not come across this in any primary source nor in any secondary source as a Hadith nor as the statement of a pious person [relating regarding Allah Ta’ala]. The narration should not be quoted until it can be sourced and then verified.

 

Translation

Recognise me before you worship me. If you do not know me, how can you worship me?

 

And Allah Ta’ala knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar