Is this authentically attributed to Imam Ghazali (rahimahullah)?

“Turning a hungry lion upon an ‘Abid (worshipper) is not as detrimental to him as a handsome lad left before him.”



This is not the statement of Imam Ghazali (rahimahullah).  Rather, Imam Ghazali (rahimahullah) has cited this narration in Ihya ‘Ulumid Din as the statement of a Tabi’i.

(Ihya ‘Ulumid Din, vol. 5 pg. 369)


Imam Abu Bakr Ibn Abid Dunya and Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahumallah) have recorded this narration. Baqiyyah ibnul Walid says: “A Tabi’i said, ‘I am not as fearful of [letting loose] a harmful predatory animal upon a pious youngster, more than I fear allowing a beardless youngster to sit by him.'”

(Dhammul Malahi: 138, Maktabah Ibn Taymiyyah edition, Shu’abul Iman: 5013)


The narration is suitable to quote.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar