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Abu Rayyah Rejects the Hadith, “A Man Earns the Status of the One Who Stands in Prayer at Night by Means of His Good Character”

 

On page 260, Abu Rayyah says:

 

و حديث ان الرجل ليدرك بحسن خلقه درجة القائم بالليل

And the hadith, “A man earns the status of the one who stands in prayer at night by means of his good character.”

 

Our comment: This hadith is also among those that have been narrated authentically and established from their grandfather. Al Majlisi reports from Abu Basir and Muhammad ibn Muslim from Imam Jafar rahimahu Llah:

 

ان امير المؤمنين علم اصحابه فى مجلس واحد اربعمائة باب مما يصلح للمؤمن فى دينه و دنياه-فان العبد المسلم يبلغ بحسن خلقه درجة الصائم القائم

Amir al Mu’minin taught his companions four hundred chapters in one session, which are enough for the worldly and religious needs of a believer. Indeed, a Muslim slave earns the status of the one who stands in prayer and fasts by means of his good character.[1]

 

Bakr ibn Ahmed ibn Muhammad reports from Fatimah bint al Rida who reports from her father —his father — Jafar ibn Muhammad — his father and uncle, Zaid — their father, ‘Ali ibn Hussain — his father and uncle (Hassan) — ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib — from the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam:

من كف غضبه كف الله عنه عذابه ومن حسن خلقه بلغه الله درجة الصائم القائم

 

Whoever holds back his anger, Allah will hold back from him His punishment and whoever beautifies his character, Allah will elevate him to the status of the one who fasts and stands (in salah).[2]

 

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[1] Bihar al Anwar, 10/89-99.

[2] Ibid.

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