Reference for the Hadith: “I am to you like a father”

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Kindly provide the reference for the following Hadith:

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“I am to you like a father; I teach you..”


This Hadith has been recorded by various Muhaddithun on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu). Imams Ibn Khuzaymah and Ibn Hibban (rahimahumallah) have declared the Hadith as authentic.

(Refer: Sunan Nasa’i -Al Mujtaba- Hadith: 40, Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 8, Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 313, Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah, Hadith: 80 and Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 1431)


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Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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