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Hasan’s Al Basri (rahimahullah) statement regarding people fluctuating in knowledge/piety

Question

What is status of following Hadith?

لا يزال الناس بخير ما تباينوا فإذا تساووا هلكوا

 

Answer

Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration as the statement of Hasan Al Basri (rahimahullah) and not as a Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

(Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 8664. Also see: Al Mujalasah Wa Jawahirul ‘Ilm, Hadith: 2175)

 

The narration may be quoted as reported.

 

Translation

People will remain on good as long as they vary and fluctuate [in their levels of knowledge/piety]. If they are all equal [in ignorance/sin] they will be destroyed.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar