Is this narration sahih?

Sayyiduna ‘Umar Ibn Khattab (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said: “When you see a Scholar having love for the world, then be suspicious of him. A man will become engrossed in something he loves.”



Imam Ghazali (rahimahullah) has cited this statement of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) without chain of narrators.

(Ihya ‘Ulumid Din, vol. 1 pg. 225, Ithafus Sadah Al Muttaqin, vol. 1 g. 357)


Hafiz Ibn ‘Abdil Barr (rahimahullah) has also cited a similar narration as the statement of Ja’far ibn Muhammad (rahimahullah), without a chain.

(Jami’u Bayanil ‘Ilmi Wa Fadlihi, 1174)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


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