I want to know the reference for this exact wording and the authenticity of it
شارب الخمر كعابد وثن
Imam Bazzar (rahimahullah) has recorded these words on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr (radiyallahu ‘anhuma).
(Musnad Bazzar; Al Bahruz Zakkhar, Hadith: 2382)
‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) states, “Fitr ibn Khalifah appears in this [chain], he is reliable. There is some slight [criticism] against him, however, it does not affect his [credibility].” (رواه البزار، وفيه فطر بن خليفة وهو ثقة، وفيه كلام لا يضر)
(Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 5 pg. 70)
The narration is also well corroborated. See here
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
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