My companions are like the stars, whichever of them you follow you will be guided

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My companions are like the stars, whichever of them you follow you will be guided

 

أصحابي كالنجوم بأيهم اقتديتم اهتديتم

My companions are like the stars. Whichever of them you follow, you will be guided.

 

The Ahlus Sunnah have graded this hadith da’if. According to the Ahlus Sunnah had the authentication and disapproval of a hadith been on the basis of its conformity to the madhhab, they would have authenticated this hadith for it contains praise for the Sahabah radiya Llahu ‘anhum and encouragement to follow them. Notwithstanding this, they have classified the hadith as da’if.

 

Harith ibn Ghasin narrated it from―al A’mash from―Abu Sufyan from―Jabir.

  • Harith ibn Ghasin is majhul (unknown) as stated by Ibn ‘Abdul Barr.
  • Abu Sufyan is da’if.

Salam ibn Sulaiman is also present in the isnad. It is appropriate that the hadith be categorised as da’if due to him as declared by al Albani.[1]

There are many other chains like this one:

مهما أوتيتم من كتاب الله

Whatever you have been given of the Book of Allah.

 

Sulaiman ibn Abi Karimah and Juwaybir ibn Sa’id al Azdi appear therein.

Al Dahhak is also present therein. He is Ibn Muzahim al Hilali and he is matruk (suspected of hadith forgery).

Ibn al Jawzi declared the hadith a fabrication while Hafiz al ‘Iraqi said that its sanad is da’if.

 

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[1] Silsilat al Da’ifah, vol. 1 pg. 78, Hadith: 58.