Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would tell ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha), “O ‘Aaishah! Love Usamah, for I love him”
Ummul Mu’minin Sayyidatuna ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) says, ‘Once Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) wanted to wipe off some mucus from Sayyiduna Usamah ibn Zayd (radiyallahu ‘anhuma). I said, ‘Allow me to do so’. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘O ‘Aaishah! Love him for I certainly love him.’
(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 3818)
Imam Tirmidhi has graded the Hadith authentic and Imam Ibn Hibban (rahimahumallah) has also authenticated the Hadith.
(Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 7058)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar