I have this hadith in my memory but I don't know the source where I heard it from, it was something along the lines of...praising someone on his face is as if you destroyed him.

Is there a hadith along these lines? Can you please mention the hadith no. if there is one?


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 be true."

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.

Source: Praise

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  • There are also some others very similar to the second hadith mentioned here. – user73 Jul 24 '12 at 20:59
  • +1 I think first hadith is what I was referring to. – Muhammad Hasan Khan Jul 24 '12 at 21:50
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    May I have the ref numbers to the hadees that tell us about praising people please. Thank you – user11921 Feb 18 '15 at 10:55

I found several related hadith. Here is one:

A man praised another man in front of the Prophet. The Prophet (ﷺ) said thrice, "Wailaka (Woe on you) ! You have cut the neck of your brother!" The Prophet (ﷺ) added, "If it is indispensable for anyone of you to praise a person, then he should say, "I think that such-and-such person (is so-and-so), and Allah is the one who will take his accounts (as he knows his reality) and none can sanctify anybody before Allah (and that only if he knows well about that person.)". - Sahih al-Bukhari: USC-MSA web (English) reference : Vol. 8, Book 73, Hadith 183

You can also look here for many additional related Hadith

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