Authenticity of the Hadeeth: “Whoever says: ‘I am a believer’ is in fact a Kaafir”

Question: A Hadith was mentioned in the book entitled “Al-Kabaa’ir” (Major Sins) by Shaykh Ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhaab which reads: “Whoever says, ‘I am a believer’ is in fact a Kaafir (disbeliever). Whoever says, ‘I will be in Paradise’ will be in Hellfire” or something to that meaning, without Takhreej (referencing) or Ta‘leel (logical and methodical reasoning). Please advise regarding the authenticity and explanation of this Hadeeth.

Answer: This was not authentically confirmed to be a Hadeeth of the Prophet (peace be upon him), but was narrated as an Athar (narration from the Companions) attributed to `Umar ibn Al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him)… read more here.

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