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Another version of the Hadith prohibiting searching for the faults of the Muslims

Question

Regarding your answer here, can you provide the authenticity and Arabic text of the other narration with slight variation in the wording recorded in  Sunan Tirmidhi and Sahih Ibn Hibban?

 

Answer

The wording of this version is as follows:

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports:

“Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) once ascended the pulpit and called out in a loud voice, ‘O those who have accepted Islam with their tongues while Iman has not entered their hearts! Do not cause harm to the Muslims, do not rebuke them and do not search for their faults, for verily the one who searches for his Muslim brother’s faults, Allah Ta’ala will search for his faults [i.e. expose him] and the one who Allah takes to task, Allah will disgrace him even if he is in his home.'”

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2032 and Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 5763)

 

Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith sound (hasanun gharib) and Imam Ibn Hibban (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith authentic (sahih).

 

Arabic text

عن ابن عمر قال: صعد رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم المنبر فنادى بصوت رفيع، فقال: يا معشر من أسلم بلسانه ولم يفض الإيمان إلى قلبه، لا تؤذوا المسلمين ولا تعيروهم ولا تتبعوا عوراتهم، فإنه من تتبع عورة أخيه المسلم تتبع الله عورته، ومن تتبع الله عورته يفضحه ولو في جوف رحله

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar