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Reciprocating a gift or praising the bestower

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Is this a Hadith?

If someone is given something, he should give a return for it provided he can afford if he cannot afford, he should praise him. He who praises him for it, thanks him, and he who conceals it is ungrateful to him

 

Answer

Yes, Imams Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi (rahimahumallah) have recorded the following Hadith:

Sayyiduna Jabir ibn ‘Abdillah (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whomsoever is gifted something, and is able to reciprocate, should do so. Whoever is unable to do so, then he should [at least] praise [or supplicate for the person who gave the gift], for the one who praises has shown gratitude and whoever conceals [and refrains from praising] has certainly been ungrateful.”

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2034 and Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 4780)

 

Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith sound (hasanun gharib).

 

Imam Ibn Hibban (rahimahullah) has recorded the narration with variation in the wording and has declared the Hadith authentic.

(Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 3415)

 

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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. 

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