Hadith on Nations: Among people of the Book are righteous believers

Ibn Mas’ud reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, delayed the evening prayer, then he came out to the mosque while people were waiting for prayer. The Prophet said, “Are there none among the people of these religions remembering Allah at this hour besides you?” Then, Allah revealed these verses, “Not all of them are the same. Among the people of the book is an upright nation, reciting the verses of Allah by night and prostrating in prayer. They have faith in Allah and the Last Day, they enjoin good and forbid evil, and they race to all that is good. These are among the righteous and whatever they do will never be denied, for Allah knows well those who fear Him.” (3:113-115)

Source: Musnad Aḥmad 3751

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Ahmad Shakir

عَنِ ابْنِ مَسْعُودٍ قَالَ أَخَّرَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ صَلَاةَ الْعِشَاءِ ثُمَّ خَرَجَ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ فَإِذَا النَّاسُ يَنْتَظِرُونَ الصَّلَاةَ قَالَ أَمَا إِنَّهُ لَيْسَ مِنْ أَهْلِ هَذِهِ الْأَدْيَانِ أَحَدٌ يَذْكُرُ اللَّهَ هَذِهِ السَّاعَةَ غَيْرُكُمْ قَالَ وَأَنْزَلَ هَؤُلَاءِ الْآيَاتِ لَيْسُوا سَوَاءً ۗ مِّنْ أَهْلِ الْكِتَابِ أُمَّةٌ قَائِمَةٌ يَتْلُونَ آيَاتِ اللَّهِ آنَاءَ اللَّيْلِ وَهُمْ يَسْجُدُونَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَيَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَيُسَارِعُونَ فِي الْخَيْرَاتِ وَأُولَٰئِكَ مِنَ الصَّالِحِينَ وَمَا يَفْعَلُوا مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَلَن يُكْفَرُوهُ ۗ وَاللَّهُ عَلِيمٌ بِالْمُتَّقِينَ

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