Safeguarding the tongue, a means of protecting one’s Iman

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Kindly verify the following Hadith:

“A person’s Iman (faith) is not upright until his heart is upright, and his heart is not upright until his tongue is upright”


Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) and others have recorded this narration on the authority of Sayyiduna Anas ibn Malik (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 3 pg. 198)

The Hadith has been declared sound (hasan) by some Muhaddithun and is suitable to quote.

( Refer: Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 1 pg. 53. Also see Targhib, vol. 3 pg. 353 and Fathul Wahhab of Ahmad Siddiq Al Ghumari, vol. 2 pg. 102)


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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