Is this narration authentic?

Sayyiduna Abu Bakr entered the presence of the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) and sat near him. Thereafter, `Ali ibn Abi Talib requested permission [to enter], and then he [too] entered.

When Abu Bakr saw him, he moved [out of respect] for him.

Upon seeing this, the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said to him, “Why did you do this, O Abu Bakr?”

He said, “Out of honour and respect for him, O Messenger of Allah.”

He said, “Only virtuous people recognize other virtuous people.”



The Muhaddithun have labelled this incident a fabrication.

(Tanzihush Shari’ah, vol.1 pg.359. Also see Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 2613 and Al-Mudawi, Hadith: 1159)


However, concerning the last part, which explains how people of virtue recognise the virtue of others, ‘Allamah Sakhawi (rahimahullah) states that this is indeed a proven concept.

(Al-Maqasidul Hasanah, Hadith: 212)


Shari’ah definitely encourages us to give due where it’s due. Abiding by this is indeed a sign of one’s virtue.



And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,


Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar