The Meeting of Two Muslims

On the authority of Anas b. Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) who said, the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said:

‘No two slaves of Allah meet, loving each other for the sake of Allah, one of them greeting and welcoming his companion, and then they shake hands, and send blessings upon the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), without all their sins being forgiven, the previous and future ones.’

– Narrated by Abu Ya’la in his Musnad, and al-Hasan b. Sufyan. Al-Bayhaqi narrated it in Shu’ab al-Iman through them both.

Taj al-Din al-Fakihani al-Maliki (d. 734/1334), author of al-Fajr al-Munir,  said that a blessed faqir (i.e. Sufi) said to him:

I saw the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) in my dream vision. I said to him: ‘O Messenger of Allah, did you say that “No two slaves of Allah meet, loving each other for the sake of Allah, and one of them shakes the hand of his companion…”? The Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: ‘Truly they will not part without their sins having been forgiven, their prior and future ones. And supplications that are made between two blessings upon me are not rejected.’

Al-Sakhawi mentioned this vision when discussing this hadith.

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