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Equality between one’s private and public conduct

Could you mention the reference of this statement and who is it attributed to?

إن العبد إذا استوت سريرته وعلانيته قال الله عز وجل هذا عبدي حقا



Imams Waki’ and Abu Nu’aym (rahimahumallah) have recorded this as a statement of the reliable Tabi’i; Mutarrif ibn ‘Abdillah ibn Shikkhir (rahimahullah).

(Kitabuz Zuhd of Imam Waki’, Hadith: 530 and Hilyatul Awliya, vol.2 pg.205)



Indeed when a person’s private and public conduct are the same, Allah Ta’ala says: This is truly my slave.



And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,


Answered 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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