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The virtue of concealing the fault of a Muslim

Please provide the reference for the following Hadith:

“He who sees a fault [of a Muslim] and conceals it is like the one who brought back to life an infant girl who had been buried alive”


Imam Abu Dawud (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Uqbah ibn ‘Amir (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 4855)

The Hadith in question is supported by similar corroborating narrations and has been declared authentic by Imam Ibn Hibban and Imam Hakim (rahimahumallah).

(Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 517, Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 4 pg. 384)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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