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The virtue of concealing the fault of a Muslim

Question

Please provide the reference for the following Hadith:

“He who sees a fault [of a Muslim] and conceals it is like the one who brought back to life an infant girl who had been buried alive”

 

Answer

Imam Abu Dawud (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Uqbah ibn ‘Amir (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 4855)

 

The Hadith in question is supported by similar corroborating narrations and has been declared authentic by Imam Ibn Hibban and Imam Hakim (rahimahumallah).

(Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 517, Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 4 pg. 384)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar