‘The one who is silent about the truth is a dumb Shaytan’ a Hadith?

Question

Is the following a Hadith and can we quote it?

The one who is silent about the truth is a dumb Shaytan

I was given the following reference for it: Al-Mu’jam al-Kabir-Tabarani.

Answer

I have not come across this Hadith in the mentioned reference nor in any of the authentic Hadith books.

This has been cited as the statement of Abu ‘Ali Ad Daqqaq (rahimahullah) -a saint of the past- and should be quoted as such.

Abul Qasim Al Qushayri (rahimahullah) mentions that he heard Abu ‘Ali Ad Daqqaq (rahimahullah) say: “Whoever remains silent from the truth is a dumb devil.”

(Ar Risalah Al Qushayriyyah, pg. 62. Also see Imam Nawawi’s commentary on Sahih Muslim, vol. 1 pg. 209 and Al Adhkar, Hadith: 1005)

 

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