A Believer seeks excuses for his brother and a hypocrite seeks faults

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What is the reference and Arabic text of this narration?

Ibn Manazil (rahimahullah) said: “A believer seeks excuses for his brother while the hypocrite seeks mistakes.”



Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) has recorded this statement of ‘Abdullah ibn Muhammad ibn Manazil, an ascetic. [Demise: 331 A.H.]

(Shu’abul Iman: 10683)


Arabic text

المؤمن يطلب معاذير إخوانه والمنافق يطلب عثرات إخوانه


See other narrations of this nature here and here.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

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