Is this a Hadith?
قليل من التوفيق خير من كثير من العلم
‘Allamah Subki and ‘Allamah ‘Iraqi (rahimahumallah) state that they have not come across any basis for this as a Hadith.
(Tabaqatush Shafi’iyyah, vol. 6 pg. 288, Al Mughni ‘An Hamlil Asfar, Hadith: 83. Also see: Al Masnu’, Hadith: 218)
To be given a little ability to do [good deeds] is better than having a lot of knowledge.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar