Hasan’s Al Basri (rahimahullah) statement regarding people fluctuating in knowledge/piety

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What is status of following Hadith?

لا يزال الناس بخير ما تباينوا فإذا تساووا هلكوا



Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration as the statement of Hasan Al Basri (rahimahullah) and not as a Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

(Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 8664. Also see: Al Mujalasah Wa Jawahirul ‘Ilm, Hadith: 2175)


The narration may be quoted as reported.



People will remain on good as long as they vary and fluctuate [in their levels of knowledge/piety]. If they are all equal [in ignorance/sin] they will be destroyed.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad 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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