Chapter : The merits of the companions of the Holy Prophet (may peace be upon him) and of those who are next to them and then of those who are next to them.

Abdullah reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The best of my Umma would be those of the generation nearest to mine. Then those nearest to them, then those nearest to them, then people would come whose witness would precede the oath and the oath will precede the witness. Hannad has not made the mention of Qarn in his narration. Qutaiba said that, instead of the word Qaum, the word Aqwam has been used.