Which of the believers are the most intelligent?

Reference: Declared hasan by Shaykh al-Albaanee in Silsilah al-Ahaadeeth as-Saheehah by virtue of all its different chains of narration.

On the authority of Ibn ‘Umar (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhumaa) who said:

I was with the Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) when a man from the Ansaar came up to the Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and greeted him with the salaam and then said: O Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) which of the believers are the best?

He replied:

Those who are best in character.

Then he asked: Which of the believers are the most intelligent?

He replied:

Those who remember death the most, and those who are best prepared for what comes after it. These are the intelligent ones.

Abu 'Abdullaah

About Abu 'Abdullaah

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.