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Seek seventy excuses for your brother

Question

How sound is the Hadith

“Seek seventy excuses for your brother”?

 

Answer

I have not come across this as a Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) has recorded the following narration as the statement of Hamdun ibn Ahmad Al Qassar (rahimahullah) who says:

“When one of your brothers slips up [commits an error], then seek seventy excuses for him. If your hearts do not accept it, then know that the fault is with your own self”

(Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 10684)

 

This narration should be quoted as recorded.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar