The Hadith Man ‘Arafa Nafsahu faqad ‘Arafa Rabbahu

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Question:

A Hadith of Rasul (SAW) says that, “Whosoever knows himself knows his Lord. Man ‘arafa nafsahu faqad ‘arafa Rabbahu.” Please confirm that above Hadith is true.

Answer:

Wa alaykum salam wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuHu,

In his al-Hawi lil-Fatawi, Imam Suyuti mentioned this hadith and that it is not authentic.

He also cited Imam Nawawi who declared it to be unauthentic and Imam Ibn Taymiyyah who declared it to be fabricated. As well, Imam Suyuti cited Imam Zarkashi who in turn cited Imam Ibn al-Sam’ani as attributing the statement to Yahya b. Mu’adh al-Razi.

And Allah knows best.

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