Recognising Allah is the initial requirement of Din

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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 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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