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‘Isa’s (‘alayhis salam) advice on how to gain the love of Allah Ta’ala

Question

What is the reference for the narration below?

 بلغنا أن عيسى ابن مريم قال: يا معشر الحواريين، تحببوا إلى الله ببغضكم أهل المعاصي، وتقربوا إليه بما يباعدكم منهم، والتمسوا رضاه بسخطهم

 

Answer

This narration is recorded in Kitabuz Zuhd of Imam ‘Abdullah ibn Al Mubarak and Imam Ahmad ibn Hambal (rahimahumallah).

(Kitabuz Zuhd of Ibn Al Mubarak, Hadith: 355, Kitabuz Zuhd of Imam Ahmad, Hadith: 299, Tarikh Dimashq, vol. 47 pg. 453)

 

Translation

‘Isa (‘alayhis salam), the son of Maryam said, “O group of disciples, Gain Allah’s love by having dislike for the sinners, gain Allah’s proximity by distancing yourself from them and seek Allah’s pleasure by expressing displeasure towards them.”

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar