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‘Umar’s (radiyallahu ‘anhu) advice regarding friends

Question

Kindly inform me if this is a Hadith?

احذر صديقك إلا الأمين ولا أمين إلا من خشي الله عز وجل

 

Answer

I have not come across this as a Hadith of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

Imam Ibn Hibban (rahimahullah) has recorded this as part of a longer narration wherein Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ’anhu) offered several advices.

(Rawdatul ‘Uqala of Imam Ibn Hibban pg. 82-83. Also see Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 7992)

 

See the full narration here.

 

Translation

Beware even of your friends, except for the trustworthy one and none can be trustworthy unless he fears Allah.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar