The intention of a believer is better than his action

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Is the following statement a Hadith?

‘The intention of a believer is better than his action’


This is a Hadith, and has been reported with several chains. Most of the chains have been declared weak by the Muhaddithun. However, when combined, they gain sufficient strength. The Hadith is therefore suitable to quote.

(See Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 6445, Majma’uz Zawaid vol. 1 pg. 61 and pg. 109, Al Maqasidul Hasanah, Hadith: 1260 and Mukhtasarul Maqasidul Hasanah, Hadith: 1154)


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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