Sahih Muslim – Chapter: It Is Prohibited To Praise Anyone So Much That There May Be Fear Of His Being Intoxicated Because Of That

The following ahadith warn against praising too much and showering undue praise upon someone which unfortunately occurs all too often on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, which are a trial for some who are duped into seeking praise, fame, status, prestige, and the like.

Here are the ahadith:

1) ‘Abd al-Rahman b. Abu Bakra reported on the authority of his father that a person praised another person in the presence of Allaah’s Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam), whereupon he said: Woe be to thee, you have broken the neck of your friend, you have broken the neck of your friend-he said this twice. If one of you has to praise his friend at all, he should say: I think (him to be) so and Allaah knows it well and I do not know the secret of the heart and Allaah knows the destined end, and I cannot testify his purity against Allaah but (he appears) to be so and so.

[No. 7139]

2) Abd al-Rahman b. Abu Bakra reported on the authority of his father that a person was mentioned in the presence of Allaah’s Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam), and a person said: Allaah’s Messenger, no person is more excellent than he after Allaah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam). Thereupon Allaah’s Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: Woe be to thee, you have broken the neck of your friend, and he said this twice. Then Allaah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: If anyone has to praise his brother at all, he should say: I think him to be so and so, and even on this he should say: I do not consider anyone purer than Allaah (considers). This hadith has been transmitted on the authority of Shu’ba with a slight variation of wording.

[No. 7140]

3) Abu Musa reported Allaah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) saw a person lauding another person or praising him too much. Thereupon he said: You killed him, or you sliced the back of a person.

[No. 7141]

4) Abu Ma’mar reported that a person lauded a ruler amongst the rulers and Miqdad began to throw dust upon him and he said: Allaah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) commanded us that we should throw dust upon the faces of those who shower too much praise.

[No. 7142]

5) Hammam b. al-Harith reported that a person began to praise ‘Uthman and Miqdad sat upon his knee; and he was a bulky person and began to throw pebbles upon his (flatterer’s) face. Thereupon ‘Uthman said: What is the matter with you? And he said: Verily, Allaah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: When you see those who shower (undue) praise (upon others), throw dust upon their faces.

[No. 7143]

6) This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Miqdad through another chain of transmitters.

[No. 7144]

Sahih Muslim, The Book of Abstinence and Heart-Melting Narrations (Book 42), CHAPTER: IT IS PROHIBITED TO PRAISE ANYONE SO MUCH THAT THERE MAY BE FEAR OF HIS BEING INTOXICATED BECAUSE OF THAT

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One Response to Sahih Muslim – Chapter: It Is Prohibited To Praise Anyone So Much That There May Be Fear Of His Being Intoxicated Because Of That

  1. Akinbode Isiaka Abayomi says:

    Thanks for mentioned hadith.

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