What is the source of this Hadith?
Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) told Sayyidah ‘Aaishah in the long tradition of Ummu Zara’ narrated by Al Bukhari:
“I am in my love and loyalty to you just like Abu Zara’ and Ummu Zara” ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) replied, “You are dearer and more loyal to me than Abu Zar’a to Ummu Zar’a.”
Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim (rahimahumallah) have recorded the following version:
‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) said, “Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) told me: ‘I am to you as Abu Zar’a was to Ummu Zar’a [with regards to his love and loyalty].
(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 5189 and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2448)
Imam Nasai and Imam Tabarani (rahimahumallah) have recorded the extra words wherein Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) said to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) ‘Rather you are better than Abu Zar’a’.’
(Sunan Nasai, Hadith: 9093 and Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 269, volume: 23)
Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) has also cited the different versions under the commentary of this Hadith.
(Refer: Fathul Bari, Hadith: 5189, vol. 9 pg. 275)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
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