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Honouring the noble ones

Is the following Hadith authentic?

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When the noble ones of a certain nation come to you then honour them


Imam Ibn Majah (rahimahullah) and others have recorded this narration on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 3712)

Although the Hadith in question has been reported with a weak chain, it is sufficiently supported by the following narrations:

1) Sha’bi (rahimahullah), a Tabi’i reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“When the noble ones of a certain nation come to you then honour them”

(Al Marasil of Imam Abu Dawud (rahimahullah) with an authentic chain. Refer: Al Mughni ‘An Hamlil Asfar, Hadith: 716)

2) Sayyiduna Jabir ibn ‘Abdullah (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“…Whomsoever believes in Allah and The last day, should honour the noble ones when they come to him”

(Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 4 pg. 292. Declared authentic by Imam Hakim)

After citing numerous supports with varied degrees of weakness, ‘Allamah Sakhawi (rahimahullah) states :

“The Hadith in question gains strength by virtue of these various chains”

(Al Maqasidul Hasanah, Hadith: 50, pgs: 32-34)

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 HadithAnswers.com. 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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