Hadith on Kufr: Unbelievers stay rigid until they break

Jabir reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The parable of the believer is that of a planted stalk. It stays rigid in one moment and bends down in another moment. The parable of the unbeliever is that of a cedar tree. It continues to stay rigid until it falls down without realizing it.

Source: Musnad Aḥmad 15154

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

عَنْ جَابِرٍ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ مَثَلُ الْمُؤْمِنِ مَثَلُ السُّنْبُلَةِ تَسْتَقِيمُ مَرَّةً وَتَخِرُّ مَرَّةً وَمَثَلُ الْكَافِرِ مَثَلُ الْأَرْزَةِ لَا تَزَالُ مُسْتَقِيمَةً حَتَّى تَخِرَّ وَلَا تَشْعُرُ

15154 مسند أحمد بن حنبل

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