Is this Hadith authentic?
The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Verily, Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty. He loves the loftiest of affairs and disapproves of pettiness.” (Al Mu’jamul Awsat)
Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration.
Sayyiduna Jabir (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Allah is certainly beautiful and he loves beauty. He loves the loftiest/noblest of affairs and dislikes the low/inferior affairs.”
(Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 6902)
Noble affairs refers to adorning one’s self with excellent character and carrying one’s self in a way befitting a Muslim.
(Refer: Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 1889)
‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) has stated that there are some narrators in the chain whose credibility/lack thereof he is unaware of. However, the Hadith is well corroborated and suitable to quote.
(Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 8 pg. 188. Also see: Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 1 pg. 48 and Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 5928)
The first part of the Hadith is recorded in Sahih Muslim. See here
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
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