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‘Umar’s (radiyallahu ‘anhu) statement regarding falsehood

Question

Can you please provide the source and authenticity of this statement which is attributed to Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu)?

اميتوا الباطل بعدم ذكره

“Erase falsehood by not mentioning it”

 

Answer

I have not come across these exact words as the statement of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

Imam Abu Nu’aym (rahimahullah) has recorded a similar statement of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu). The wording of this version is as follows:

إن لله عبادا يميتون الباطل بهجره

There are certain servants of Allah who extinguish falsehood by abandoning it

(Hilyatul Awliya, vol. 1 pg. 55. See here)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar