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Hadith?: Behave humbly towards the humble and proudly towards the proud

Question

Kindly verify if this is a Hadith and its reference.

Behave humbly towards the humble and proudly towards the proud. Your pride will be a cause of disgrace and humiliation to the proud people and it will be charity on your part

Answer

The Muhaddithun have not found a chain of narrators for the narration in question.

(Tabaqatush Shafi’iyyah of ‘Allamah Subki -rahimahullah-, vol. 6 pg. 354.  Also see Al Mughni ‘an Hamlil Asfar, hadith: 3487)

One should abstain from quoting a narration until its authenticity can be verified.

However, ‘Allamah Zabidi (rahimahullah) has recorded similar statements in his commentary on Ihya ‘Ulumid Din as the sayings of Imam Shafi’i and Ibn Shihab Az Zuhri (rahimahumallah). These should be quoted instead.

(Ithafus Sadah Al Muttaqin, vol. 8 pg. 354)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

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