Please verify the authenticity of the following narration:
A person will be raised on the Day of Judgment with those whom he imitated in this worldly life.
I have not come across these words as one Hadith. This seems to be understood from these three Hadiths:
1) Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Whoever imitates a nation is from among them”
(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 4027. See the authenticity here)
2) Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibnul ‘As says:
“Whoever builds [a home] in the land of the foreigners [that is, the non-Muslims] and observes their Nayruz [Persian New Year] and Mahrajan [a Persian festival celebrated on the equinox] and imitates them till he dies in that state, he shall be resurrected with them”
(As Sunanul Kubra of Imam Bayhaqi, vol. 9 pg. 234. See the authenticity here)
3) Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
“…And a person does not love a nation except that he will raised with them [on the Day of Qiyamah]”
(Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 6446 with a reliable chain. Refer: Targhib, vol. 4 pg. 27/28. Also see: At Tamhid of Hafiz Ibn ‘Abdil Barr, vol. 16 pg. 22)
There are many authentic Hadiths which state that a person will be with those whom he loves in the Hereafter. Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim (rahimahumallah) have also recorded Hadiths of this nature.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
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