Hadith on Balance: You must take the way of moderation

Buraydah al-Aslami reported: I went out one day to fulfill a need, and there was the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, walking before me. The Prophet took my hand, and we set out walking together. A man was praying before us who was performing many bowings and prostrations. The Prophet said, “Do you think he is being ostentatious?” I said, “Allah and His Messenger know best.” The Prophet let go of my hand, then put his hands together and directed them upwards, saying, “You must take the way of moderation. You must take the way of moderation. You must take the way of moderation, for whoever is severe in this religion will be overwhelmed.

Source: Musnad Aḥmad 22963

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Arna’ut

عَنْ بُرَيْدَةَ الْأَسْلَمِيِّ قَالَ خَرَجْتُ ذَاتَ يَوْمٍ لِحَاجَةٍ فَإِذَا أَنَا بِالنَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَمْشِي بَيْنَ يَدَيَّ فَأَخَذَ بِيَدِي فَانْطَلَقْنَا نَمْشِي جَمِيعًا فَإِذَا نَحْنُ بَيْنَ أَيْدِينَا بِرَجُلٍ يُصَلِّي يُكْثِرُ الرُّكُوعَ وَالسُّجُودَ فَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَتُرَاهُ يُرَائِي فَقُلْتُ اللهُ وَرَسُولُهُ أَعْلَمُ فَتَرَكَ يَدِي مِنْ يَدِهِ ثُمَّ جَمَعَ بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ فَجَعَلَ يُصَوِّبُهُمَا وَيَرْفَعُهُمَا وَيَقُولُ عَلَيْكُمْ هَدْيًا قَاصِدًا عَلَيْكُمْ هَدْيًا قَاصِدًا عَلَيْكُمْ هَدْيًا قَاصِدًا فَإِنَّهُ مَنْ يُشَادَّ هَذَا الدِّينَ يَغْلِبْهُ

22963 مسند أحمد بن حنبل

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