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Slandering and defaming the pious

Question

Could you mention the reference for this narration?

كفى بالمرء شرا أن لا يكون صالحا وهو يقع في الصالحين

 

Answer

Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) has recorded this as the statement of the famous Saint, Malik ibn Dinar (rahimahullah).

(Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 6358)

 

Translation

Malik ibn Dinar (rahimahullah) said: “It is sufficient to regard a person evil, that he attacks and defames the pious, whereas he himself is not pious.”

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar