Giving due where it’s due

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Is this narration authentic?

Sayyiduna Abu Bakr entered the presence of the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) and sat near him. Thereafter, `Ali ibn Abi Talib requested permission [to enter], and then he [too] entered.

When Abu Bakr saw him, he moved [out of respect] for him.

Upon seeing this, the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said to him, “Why did you do this, O Abu Bakr?”

He said, “Out of honour and respect for him, O Messenger of Allah.”

He said, “Only virtuous people recognize other virtuous people.”



The Muhaddithun have labelled this incident a fabrication.

(Tanzihush Shari’ah, vol.1 pg.359. Also see Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 2613 and Al-Mudawi, Hadith: 1159)


However, concerning the last part, which explains how people of virtue recognise the virtue of others, ‘Allamah Sakhawi (rahimahullah) states that this is indeed a proven concept.

(Al-Maqasidul Hasanah, Hadith: 212)


Shari’ah definitely encourages us to give due where it’s due. Abiding by this is indeed a sign of one’s virtue.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered 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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