Virtue of an old aged Muslim

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I have heard people stating:

“Allah is shy to question a servant whose beard is white/grey regarding their sins.”

Please provide the reference for this being an authentic Hadith.



This Hadith is recorded by Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) in Al-Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 5282.

The chain of narrators is good.

(See: Majma’uz Zawaid, vol.10 pg.149 and Kashful Khafa, Hadith: 742)


Note: The word used in the Hadith does literally translate as ‘to be shy’

However, it should be understood to mean: Allah does not refuse…


The full version of the Hadith is as follows:

Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

‘Indeed Allah Ta’ala is bashful for a muslim who has white hair and is upright, adhering to the sunnah, that when he asks from Allah, He is not refused.’


See more Hadiths on the virtue of old aged Muslims here, and here.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered 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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