Hadith on Ahl Kitab: 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 later came out to the mosque to find people waiting for the 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 3760

Grade: Sahih li ghayrihi (authentic due to external evidence) according to Al-Arna’ut

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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