Authenticity of the Hadith regarding Sa’d ibn Mu’adh (radiyallahu ‘anhu)

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What is the authenticity of the following Hadith?

Sayyiduna Jabir (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports:

“We went to the [Janazah] of Sayyiduna Sa’d bin Mu’adh (radiyallahu ‘anhu) with Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). When Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) completed the Janazah salah and Sa’d (radiyallahu ‘anhu) was buried, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said ‘Subhanallah’, so we also said ‘Subhanallah’, then Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said ‘Allahu Akbar’, so we also said ‘Allahu Akbar’. Someone asked ‘O Rasulullah’, why did you say ‘Subhanallah and ‘Allahu Akbar’? Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied: ‘The grave had narrowed in on this pious slave of Allah Ta’ala and Allah then widened it.”



This narration is recorded in Musnad Ahmad. The narration is well corroborated and will be declared reliable.

(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 3 pg. 360, Dhayl Al Qawlul Musaddad, pg. 106. Also see: Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 3 pg. 206 and Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 3 pg. 46)


See here and here for the explanation of this Hadith.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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