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Simplicity is part of Iman

Question

Is this narration sound?

“Simplicity is [a distinguishing trait] of Faith”

 

Answer

Imams Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah (rahimahumallah) have recorded this narration on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Umamah ibn Tha’labah Al Ansari (radiyallahu ‘anhu). Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) has graded the Hadith authentic (sahih).

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 4158, Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 4161. Refer: Fathul Bari, Hadith: 5926)

 

The Arabic word used in this Hadith is ‘البذاذة’ which refers to simplicity and humility in one’s dressing and food.

(Refer: footnotes of Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah on Sunan Abi Dawud and Fathul Bari)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar