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: It was asked from Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) who amongst the people were the best. He said: (People) of my generation, then those next to them, then those next to them, then there would come a people whose evidence would precede their oath and their oath would precede their evidence. Ibrahim said: They forbade us to make vows and bear witness when we were too young.