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Hadith Qudsi: I was an unknown treasure

Question

We often hear the Hadith qudsi that Allah Ta’ala was a hidden treasure, what is the status of this Hadith?

Answer

The complete narration is as follows: (Allah Ta’ala said)

“I was an unknown treasure and I wished to be recognised. So I created the creation and introduced them to me, they recognised me”. 

This narration is a fabrication. Hafiz Ibn Taymiyyah, ‘Allamah Zarkashi, ‘Allamah Sakhawi and Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahumullah) are unanimous that this narration has no basis.

One should therefore abstain from quoting it.

(See Al Maqasidul Hasanah, Hadith: 838, Dhaylul La-alil Masnu’ah, hadith: 1028 and Al Masnu’, hadith: 232)

 

And Allah Ta’ala knows best

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar