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Authenticity of Abud Darda’s (radiyallahu ‘anhu) statement regarding loving the ‘Ulama

Question

Is this narration authentic?

قال أبو الدرداء: اطلبوا العلم فإن لم تطلبوه فأحبوا أهله، فإن لم تحبوهم فلا تبغضوهم

Seek knowledge, if you don’t seek then love the learned ones, if you don’t love, then don’t hate them.

 

Answer

These words are recorded in Kitabuz Zuhd of Imam Ahmad ibn Hambal (rahimahullah).

(Kitabuz Zuhd, Hadith: 734)

 

The narration is suitable to quote and is supported by other versions. See here and here.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar