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Verification of Hadith: Whoever imitates a nation is of them

Question

Kindly verify these translations and provide the references :

1.) Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

 Whoever imitates a nation is of them

 2.) Nabi (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

The one who imitates others is not of us

Answer

1) Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

Whoever imitates a nation is from among them

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 4027 )

The above Hadith is sound (hasan li ghayrihi) due to corroboration.

(Refer: Sharhu Mushkilil Athaar, Hadith: 231,Taghliqut Ta’liq, vol. 3 pg. 446, Al Maqasidul Hasanah, Hadith: 1101, Mukhtasar Al Maqasidul Hasanah, Hadith: 1012. Also see Siyaru A’lamin Nubala, vol. 15 pg. 509, Al Mughni ‘An Hamlil Asfar, Hadith: 851 and the footnotes of Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah on Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybaha, Hadith: 19747)

2) Rasullullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is reported to have said:

The one who imitates others is not from among us

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2695, with a weak chain, but is sufficiently supported by the first Hadith cited above.)

 

 

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