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Virtue of looking at a scholar


Is the following Hadith on the virtue of looking at an ‘alim authentic?

When a person looks at a scholar and is pleased with the scholar, Allah  Ta’ala deputes an angel to make du’a for forgiveness on behalf of this person till the day of judgement.


Ibn ‘Asakir (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration in Tarikh Dimashq on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Sa’id Al Khudri (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Tarikh Dimashq, vol. 52 pg. 250)

‘Allamah Suyuti (rahimhullah) has mentioned this Hadith in his book on fabricated Hadiths. This Hadith should therefore not be quoted.

(Dhaylul La-alil  Masnu’ah, Hadith: 226)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar