Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was ordered to love four Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum)

Question

What is the authenticity of this Hadith?

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Allah commanded me to love four people and informed me that he loves them; ‘Ali, Miqdad, Abu Dharr and Salman (radiyallahu ‘anhum)”

 

Answer

Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith and has declared it sound (hasanun gharib). The words are as follows:

Sayyiduna Buraydah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Certainly Allah has commanded me to love four [people] and has informed me that He loves them.’ It was said: ‘O Messenger of Allah! Mention their names for us.’ He said: ‘Ali is among them,’ He repeated this thrice [and continued], and Abu Dharr, Miqdad [ibn ‘Amr] and Salman [Al Farisi]. He ordered me to love them, and He informed me that He loves them.'”

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 3718)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar