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‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) explains how a person will know when he is pious

Question

Kindly provide the reference for this narration:

A man asked Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha): “When will I know that I am pious?’ She said: ‘When you realise that you are a sinner.’ He said: ‘And when will I realise I am a sinner?’ She replied: ‘When you think you are pious.'”

 

Answer

This narration is recorded in At Tarikhul Awsat of Imam Bukhari.

(At Tarikhul Awsat, vol. 1 pg. 271, Maktabatur Rushd edition)

 

Faqih Abu Layth As Samarqandi (rahimahullah) has also cited this narration.

(Tambihul Ghafilin, pg. 456)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar