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Whomsoever is mindful of and protects three things will be a close friend of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)

Question

Is this narration reliable?

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Three things whomsoever protects, are truly my friends and whoever destroys them is my enemy; Prayer, fasting and impurity.”

 

Answer

Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whomsoever protects three things will be my close friend [i.e. Allah will take care of him and protect him] and whomsoever is negligent regarding them is my true enemy [i.e Allah will take him to task and punish him]; [They are] Salah, Fasting [in Ramadan] and impurities (janabah) [i.e. ensuring that one takes a compulsory bath after impurities].”

(Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 8956. Refer: Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 3427)

 

‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) has declared a narrator weak. The Hadith is suitable to quote as an incentive for these deeds, as is the case with Hadiths of this nature.

(Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 1 pg. 293)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar