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‘Ali’s (radiyallahu ‘anhu) priceless advice

Question

What is the authenticity of this narration?

 ﻗﺎﻝ ﻋﻠﻲ: اﻟﻜﻠﻤﺎﺕ ﻟﻮ ﺭﺣﻠﺘﻢ اﻟﻤﻄﻲ ﻓﻴﻬﻦ ﻷﻧﻀﻴﺘﻤﻮﻫﻦ ﻗﺒﻞ ﺃﻥ ﺗﺪﺭﻛﻮا ﻣﺜﻠﻬﻦ: ﻻ ﻳﺮﺝ ﻋﺒﺪ ﺇﻻ ﺭﺑﻪ , ﻭﻻ ﻳﺨﻒ ﺇﻻ ﺫﻧﺒﻪ , ﻭﻻ ﻳﺴﺘﺤﻴﻲ ﻣﻦ ﻻ ﻳﻌﻠﻢ ﺃﻥ ﻳﺘﻌﻠﻢ , ﻭﻻ ﻳﺴﺘﺤﻴﻲ ﻋﺎﻟﻢ ﺇﺫا ﺳﺌﻞ ﻋﻤﺎ ﻻ ﻳﻌﻠﻢ ﺃﻥ ﻳﻘﻮﻝ: اﻟﻠﻪ ﺃﻋﻠﻢ , ﻭاﻋﻠﻤﻮا ﺃﻥ ﻣﻨﺰﻟﺔ اﻟﺼﺒﺮ ﻣﻦ اﻹﻳﻤﺎﻥ ﻛﻤﻨﺰﻟﺔ اﻟﺮﺃﺱ ﻣﻦ اﻟﺠﺴﺪ , ﻓﺈﺫا ﺫﻫﺐ اﻟﺮﺃﺱ ﺫﻫﺐ اﻟﺠﺴﺪ , ﻭﺇﺫا ﺫﻫﺐ اﻟﺼﺒﺮ ﺫﻫﺐ اﻹﻳﻤﺎﻥ

Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said: “The following words , if you were to travel for them, you would tire out the animal before acquiring the like of them: The servant should have hope in none except his Rabb, he should fear nothing except his sins, the one who does not know should not be shy to learn, the scholar should not be shy in saying, ‘Allah Knows best’ when he is asked about what he does not know and know that the position of sabr (patience) in respect to Iman is like the position of the head in respect to the body. Thus, when the head goes the body goes and when sabr goes, Iman goes.”

 

Answer

Imam Abu Bakr ibn Abi Shaybah (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration.

(Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 35645. Also see: Hadith: 31079 and Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 40)

 

The narration is suitable to quote as the statement of Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

 

Also see here.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar