Hadith: how wonderful is a man who understands Din

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Is the following narration authentic:

نعم الرجل الفقيه فى الدين ان احتيج اليه نفع وان استغنى عنه أغنى نفسه

Translation: How wonderful is a man who understands Din, if he is needed he benefits and if he is not needed he benefits himself.


The author of Mishkatul Masabih has attributed this hadith to ‘Razin’. We dont have access to this book. (It is probably not found today)

(Mishkat, hadith: 242)

However we have also come across this narration in Tarikh Dimashq of Ibn ‘Asakir (rahimahullah).

(Tarikh Dimashq, vol. 48 pg. 203)

‘Isa ibn Abdillah ibn Muhammad is a narrator in this particular chain of narrators who has been declared as unreliable (matrukul hadith) by Imam Daraqutni (rahimahullah). He has also been discredited by Ibn Hibban (rahimahullah), Ibn ‘Adi (rahimahullah) and Abu Nu’aym (rahimahullah).

(See Mizanul I’tidal , vol. 3 pg. 316 and  Lisanul Mizan: 5934)


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 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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