Knowing a Man by his Moves – Sayings of the Salaf

It is reported that Al-A’mash – Allāh have mercy on him – said:

They (the Salaf) never used to ask about [the religious condition of ] a man after knowing three things about him:

where and upon whom he entered,
where and with whom he walked, and
the close company he kept.

Meaning: Knowing these things about a man is more than sufficient for knowing whether he is following the right path on the Sunnah or not.

Ibn Battah, Al-Ibānah article 419.

This is from Sayings of the Salaf – translated by Owais Al-Hashimi