Is there a Hadith like this?
اول الدين معرفة الله
Whilst the recognition of Allah, is indeed an integral part of one’s Din, I have not come across the above statement in a Hadith.
A similar narration is cited as the statement of Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu) in Nahjul Balagah which is an unreliable source. See here
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. 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.