Is this narration authentic?
لا يجتمع حب أبي بكر وعمر وعثمان وعلي إلا في قلوب أتقياء هذه الأمة
Imam Abu Bakr Al Ajurry (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration as the statement of Abu Shihab (rahimahullah). The chain is acceptable and could be declared sound.
Abu Shihab (rahimahullah) said: “The love of Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthman and ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhum) can only be found together in the hearts of the pious of this ummah.
(Kitabush Shari’ah: 1228. Also see: Hilyatul Awliya, vol. 7 pg. 32)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
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