A Hadeeth narrated by al Imaam Ahmad who said: 'Afaan narrated to us that Wuhayb said on the authority of Abu Bakrah:
"A man praised another man in the presence of the Prophet - صلى الله
عليه و سل; he said:
"Woe to you! You have cut off your companion's neck – he repeated
this a number of times – If it is necessary for one of you to praise
his companion, then say: 'I believe him to be as such, and Allah is a
reckoner over him, and I do not praise anyone over Allah – I believe
him to be like such and such.' If one knows such about that person to
This Hadeeth was also collected by al Bukhaaree, Muslim, Abu Dawood, Ibn Maajah through Khaalid al Hadhaa.
Al Imaam Ahmad stated: 'Waqee' narrated to us on the authority of Hammaam ibn al Haarith who said:
"A man approached 'Uthmaan and praised him in his presence."
He [the narrator] said: "Al Miqdaad ibn al Aswad started pouring sand
on the praising person's face saying:
"We were ordered by the Messenger of Allaah - صلى الله عليه وسلم - to
pour sand over the praising people's faces when we came across them."
It was collected by Muslim and Abu Dawood from the Hadeeth of ath Thawree on the authority of Mansoor.