Concerning the Hadith "Differing in My Nation Is a Mercy"
Is this Hadith authentic:
"Differing in my nation is a mercy."
(Kanzul-'Ummal no.28686 and Ittihaf-us-Sunniyah 1/204,205)
No, it is not authentic; it has been rejected by some of the Salaf, and it is not in fact a Hadith.
Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez Bin Baz
Fatawa Islamiyah, vol.7, p.177, DARUSSALAM