Is it authentic that the Prophet (SAWW) said no one loves Ali (a.s.) unless believer and no one hates him unless hypocrite?

If yes then what is the reason of this? And is this said about any other Sahaba or only about Ali (a.s.)?

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    I have never heard about this (sunni view)
    – muslim1
    Commented Nov 10, 2012 at 12:48

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Yes, it is accepted among Muslims that The Prophet (PBUH) had said that, and he did so only about Ali (AS). Ali (AS) was the first man to become a Muslim, even before Abu Bakr, and this is a proven fact in both Sunni and Shi’i sources.


  • Sahih Muslim

قال علي والذي فلق الحبة وبرأ النسمة إنه لعهد النبي الأمي صلى الله عليه وسلم إلى أن لا يحبني إلا مؤمن ولا يبغضني إلا منافق

'Ali said: By the One Who split the seed and created the soul, the [unlettered] Prophet ﷺ, affirmed to me: "No one loves me except a believer and no one hates me except a hypocrite."

Sahih Muslim, The Book of Faith, Chapter: Evidence that love of the Ansar and Ali (r.a.) is a part of faith and a sign thereof; Hating them is a sign of hypocrisy - (sunnah.com) ; ( Darussalam [240] 131 - (78) )

  • Musnad Ahmed

قال علي: والله إنه مما عهد إلي رسول الله - صلى الله عليه وسلم - أنه لا يبغضني إلا منافق، ولا يحبني إلا مؤمن

'Ali (RA) said: By Allah, one of the things that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) promised me was that no one would hate me except a hypocrite and no one would love me except a believer.

Musnad Ahmad, Musnad Ali Bin Abi Talib - (Darussalam 642, 731 , 1062)

  • Sunan Al-Tirmithe

عن علي، قال لقد عهد إلي النبي الأمي صلى الله عليه وسلم أنه لا يحبك إلا مؤمن، ولا يبغضك إلا منافق

Narrated 'Ali: The Prophet (ﷺ) - the Unlettered Prophet - exhorted me (saying): 'None loves you except a believer and none hates you except a hypocrite.'

Jami at-Tirmidhi, Chapters on Virtues, The Virtues of Ali - (sunnah.com) ; (Darrussalam 3736)

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    inre "...and he did so only about Ali": the prophet is also reported to have said the same about the Ansar as a whole (at least among Sunni ahadith, e.g. Bukhari 3783)
    – goldPseudo
    Commented Jan 16, 2013 at 22:55

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