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.



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

(Kitabuz Zuhd, Hadith: 734)


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And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar