Is this Hadith reliable?
ما أحب رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إلا ذا تقى
Imam Abu Ya’la (rahimahullah) has recorded this statement of Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha). ‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) has declared the chain sound (hasan).
(Musnad Abi Ya’la, Hadith: 4552, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 10 pg. 274)
Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) has recorded the narration with slight variation in the wording.
(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 6 pg. 69, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 8 pg. 84)
Sayyidatuna ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) said:
‘Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) only loved those who had Taqwa.’
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar