Is this Hadith authentic?
Sufyan bin ‘Abdullah said:
I said: “O Messenger of Allah! Inform me about a matter that I may hold fast to.” He said: ‘Say: My Lord is Allah, then be steadfast.’ I said: “O Messenger of Allah! What do you fear most for me?” So he took hold of his tongue and said: ‘This.'”
Imams Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah (rahimahumallah) have recorded this Hadith. Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith authentic (hasanun sahih).
Sayyiduna Sufyan ibn ‘Abdillah Ath Thaqafi (radiyallahu ‘anhu) says, I said, O Messenger of Allah! Inform me of something that I may hold fast on to. He said, ‘Say, ‘My Rabb is Allah and then be steadfast.’ I said, O Rasulullah! What is the thing that you fear most for me?’ Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) took hold of his tongue and said, ‘This.'” [i.e. not controlling the tongue]
(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2410 and Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 3972)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
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