Are these words found in a Hadith?
“Unity is a mercy and division is a punishment”
Yes, this is part of a longer narration recorded in Musnad Ahmad [Zawaid ‘Abdullah], on the authority of Sayyiduna Nu’man ibn Bashir (radiyallahu ‘anhuma).
(Musnad Ahmad; Zawaid ‘Abdullah ibn Imam Ahmad, vol. 4 pg. 278 and vol. 4 pg. 375)
Allamah Mundhiri (rahimahullah) has declared the chain sound.
(Targhib, vol.2 pg.78)
See another part of the Hadith here.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar,
This Hadith is referring to unity/division of the hearts, and not in viewpoints…
Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar