let us see two authentic narrations in this regard from musnad ahmad

first narration says

anas said that holy prophet asws said that one good news is for those who saw me, and brought emaan/faith on me. and 7 good news are for those who did not see me, and brought eman on me

second narration says

anas says holy prophet asws said i wish i had seen my brothers. sahaba asked: are we not your brothers? he said: you are my companions, my brothers are those who did not see me, but brought eman on me

[musnad ahmad, urdu version, 5/476]

both the narrations have been termd sahih sanad by sheikh hamza ahmad zain in his takhreej of musnad ahmad [10/501-502]

and sheikh shoaib termed them hasan with support of others in his takhreej of musnad ahmad [20/37-38]

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