Salah, a light [Nur] for the Believer

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Is the following a Hadith:

الصَّلاةُ نُورُ الْمُؤْمِنِ


Salah is the light of the Believer



Imam Ibn Majah and Imam Abu Ya’la (rahimahullah) have recorded this narration on the authority of Sayyiduna Anas ibn Malik (radiyallahu ‘anhu) with a very weak chain.

(Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 4210 and Musnad Abu Ya’la, Hadith: 3655 and 3656)


The following words, recorded by Imam Muslim (rahimahullah) should be quoted instead,

Sayyiduna Abu Malik Al Ash’ari (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“…And Salah is a light…”[although understood to mean Salah is a light for a Believer, this authentic version does not have the words ‘For a Believer‘]…”

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 223)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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