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Virtue of reciting two rakats after Maghrib salah

What is the status of the following hadith?

“The person who loves that Allah Ta’ala protect his Iman until he meets Allah Ta’ala on the day of Qiyamah, should perform every evening two optional rakats after the two Sunnats of Maghrib before talking to anyone. He should read in each rakat  Surah Fatiha, Sura Falaq and Surah Naas. Verily Allah will safeguard his Iman until he meets Allah on the Day of Qiyaamah.”


I am unable to locate this narration. The closest reliable one that I could find is as follows:

Imam Makhul (rahimahullah) narrates that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whomsoever performs two rakats of salah after Maghrib before speaking to anyone, shall have these two rakats raised up to (& recorded in) the high ranks.

(Musannaf ‘Abdur Razzaq, hadith: 4833, Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, hadith: 5986, Al Marasil of Imam Abu Dawud (rahimahullah), hadith: 73)

For other similar narrations, see Sharhul Ihya, vol.3 pg.371

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Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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