Is the following a Hadith or not?
ألا إن شر الشر شرار العلماء
Verily the worst of evils are evil scholars
Imam Darimi (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration in his Sunan on the authority of Ahwas ibn Hakim who reports from his father (Hakim) with a weak chain.
(Sunan Darimi, Hadith: 370. Refer: Ithafus Sadah Al Muttaqin, vol. 1 pg. 264. Also see: Al Mughni ‘An Hamlil Asfar vol. 1 pg. 40, Hadith: 150)
This narration also has a support recorded by Imam Bazzar (rahimahullah) on the authority of Sayyiduna Mu’adh ibn Jabal (radiyallahu ‘anhu), with a weak chain.
(Bazzar; Kashful Astar, vol.1 pg. 97, Hadith: 167. Refer: Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 1 pg. 185. Also see Ithafus Sadah Al Muttaqin, vol. 1 pg. 264 and 369)
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