What is the primary source of this narration and is it authentic?
It is reported that Abu ‘Ubaydah ibn Jarrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said:
“O people! Yes, I am a man from Quraysh, but there is not a white man [literally: red], nor a black man amongst you who exceeds me in righteousness [taqwa] except that I wish I was in his skin.” (Siyaru A’alamin Nubala, vol. 1 pg. 18)
This statement of Sayyiduna Abu ‘Ubaydah ibn Jarrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) is recorded in the following primary sources:
- At Tabaqatul Kubra of Imam Ibn Sa’d, vol. 3 pg. 315
- Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah: 35763
- Kitabul Mutaman-nin of Imam Ibn Abid Dunya: 40
The narrators in Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah are all reliable. The narration is therefore suitable to quote.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar