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The qualities of the best and worst of people

Question

Is this Hadith suitable to quote?

خيركم من يرجى خيره ويؤمن شره وشركم من لا يرجى خيره ولا يؤمن شره

 

Answer

Yes. This narration has been declared authentic by Imams Tirmidhi and Ibn Hibban (rahimahumallah).

 

The full Hadith is as follows:

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports: Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) once addressed a group of people who were seated saying, ‘Shall I not inform you of the best of you from your worst?’ They remained silent. When Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) repeated this question for the third time, one person said, ‘Certainly O Messenger of Allah, inform us who is the best from the worst’.

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘The best among you are those whose goodness is hoped for, and [people] are safe from his evil and the worst of you is he whose goodness is not hoped for, and [people] are not safe from his evil.”

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2263, Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 527-528. Also see: Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah with footnotes of Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah, Hadith: 35571)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar