Is this a Hadith?

People still honour you as long as you do not take what is in their hands, and if you do that they will ridicule you



I have not come across this as a Hadith.

Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) has recorded a similar narration as the statement of Hasan al Basri (rahimahullah).

Hasan al Basri (rahimahullah) said: “You will continue to remain honourable in the sight of people and they will continue to honour you so long as you do not take/ask of their possessions. Once you do that, they will disdain you, dislike your speech and despise you.”

(Kitabuz Zuhd of Imam Ahmad: 1511. Also see: Hilyatul Awliya, vol. 3 pg. 20)


The narration is suitable to quote as the statement of Hasan al Basri (rahimahullah).


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


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