Musa (‘alayhis salam) asking Allah Ta’ala for a special dhikr

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Nabi Musa (‘alayhis salam) once asked Allah Ta’ala to prescribe to him a dhikr whereby he could remember Allah.

Allah Ta’ala said to him: “O Musa, recite ‘la ilaha illallah’.

Nabi Musa (‘alayhis salam) replied: “All Your creation recite this dhikr, I desire something special.”

Allah Ta’ala then said: “O Musa, if the seven earths and the seven skies are placed on one pan of a scale and la ilaha illallah is placed on the other pan of the scale, la ilaha illallah will outweigh everything.”

What is the status of this narration?



This Hadith is recorded by Imams Nasai, Ibn Hibban and Hakim (rahimahumullah).

Imams Ibn Hibban, Hakim and Dhahabi (rahimahumullah) have declared the Hadith as authentic (sahih).

(‘Amalul Yawmi wal Laylah of Imam Nasai, Hadith: 834, Sahih Ibn Hibban, Hadith: 6218 and Mustadrak Hakim, vol.1 pg.528)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon 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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