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Honouring the guest

Is this narration authentic?

أخبركم أبو عمر بن حيويه، وأبو بكر الوراق قالا: أخبرنا يحيى قال: حدثنا الحسين قال: أخبرنا ابن المبارك قال: أخبرنا إبراهيم بن نشيط الوعلاني قال: حدثني رجل قال: دخل رجلان على عبد الله بن الحارث بن جزء الزبيدي – صاحب النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم – فقال: مرحبا بكما، فنزع وسادة كان متكئا عليها، فألقاها إليهما، فقالا: لا نريد هذا، إنما جئنا نسمع شيئا ننتفع به، قال: إنه من لم يكرم ضيفه فليس من محمد، ولا إبراهيم صلوات الله عليه، طوبى لعبد أمسى متعلقا برسن فرسه في سبيل الله، أفطر على كسرة، وماء بارد، ويل للواثين الذين يلوثون مثل البقر، ارفع يا غلام، ضع يا غلام، في ذلك لا يذكرون الله تعالى



This narration is recorded in Kitabuz Zuhd of Imam ‘Abdullah ibn Al Mubarak and Sunan Sa’id ibn Mansur with a weak chain.

(Kitabuz Zuhd, Hadith: 614 and Sunan Sa’id ibn Mansur, Hadith: 2437)


The narration is suitable to quote despite the weakness.


Gist of the narration

Two men came to Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Al Harith (radiyallahu ‘anhu). After welcoming them, he offered them the cushion on which he was reclining. They refused saying, ‘We do not want the cushion, we have come to hear something beneficial from you’ to which Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Al Harith (radiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “Whoever does not honour his guest is not from Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) nor Ibrahim (‘alayhis salam). [Glad tidings to the one who breaks his fast on his horse, while in the path of Allah with a simple piece of bread and cool water and woe to those who indulge lavishly, while haughtily ordering around their servants, without remembering Allah Ta’ala.”]

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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