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Benefit: How Are Men Known?

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

From Sulaymān ibn Mus-hir: from Kharashah ibn al-Hurr, who said: ‘A man bore witness in the presence of ʿUmar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb -raḍī Allāhu `ʿʿanhu, so ʿUmar said to him: “I do not know you, and it does not harm you that I do not know you, but bring someone who does know you.” So a man said: ‘I know him, O Chief of the Believers.’ He said: “What do you know of him.” He said: ‘Uprightness.’ He said: “Is he your closest neighbour; so that you know about his night and his day, and his comings and goings?” He said: ‘No.’ He said: “So have you had (monetary) dealings with him involving dirhams and dīnars, which will indicate his piety?” He said: ‘No.’ He said: “Then has he been your companion upon a journey which could indicate to you his good character?” He said: ‘No.’ He said: “Then you do not know him.” Then he said to the man: “Bring me someone who knows you.”1
 
1) Reported by al-Bayḥaqī and others, and it was declared to be ‘ṣaḥīḥ’ (authentic) by Ibnus-Sakan, and our Shaykh [i.e.Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī] agreed; and refer to al-Irwá· (no.2637). [From ‘al-Fawaaidul-Hisaan’(2/18-19) of Husayn al-`Awaayishah]. Translated by Dāwūd Burbank

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