“Were the faith of Abu Bakr to be weighed on one side of a scale...”
Fatwa No: 91715

  • Fatwa Date:1-4-2006 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 3, 1427
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Question

I want to know the text and the narrator of the narration which means “Were the faith of Abu Bakr, may Allaah be pleased with him, to be weighed on one side of a scale and the faith of all the people in the other side, the faith of Abu Bakr, may Allaah be pleased with him, would outweigh the faith of all the people.”

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger. We ask Allaah to exalt his mention as well as that of his family and all his companions.

 

This statement is said by ‘Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him with a good chain of narrators, and it is reported by Al-Bayhaqi may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him. The wording of the statement is: “Were the faith of Abu Bakr  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him to be weighed on one side of a scale and the faith of the people around the whole world on the other side, the faith of Abu Bakr  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him would outweigh the faith of all the people around the world.”

Moreover, this statement is also reported by At-Tirmithi, Is-Haaq Ibn Raahawayh and Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them.

However, Ibn ‘Ady may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him attributed it to the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) but this is a weak narration.  

Allaah Knows best.

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