Is it proven in the books of Hadith to read Surah Ikhlas and send salutations upon Nabi (sallalahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) when entering one’s home?
Hafiz Abu Musa Al Madini (rahimahullah) has reported with his chain, on the authority of Sayyiduna Sahl ibn Sa’d (radiyallahu ‘anhu) that a man once complained to Rasulullah (sallalahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) about his poverty. Nabi (sallalahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said to him,
‘When you enter your home, if anyone is there or not, say salam, then send salutations upon me and recite ‘Qul Huwallahu Ahad’ (Surah Ikhlas) once’.
The narrator says this man did this and soon Allah Ta’ala blessed him with abundant sustenance, so much so that he started assisting his neighbours and relatives.
(See Jalaul Afham pg. 222 and Ad Du’a of Shaykh ‘Abdullah Sirajud Din -rahimahullah- pg. 230)
Hafiz Ibn Hajar Al Haytami (rahimahullah) has stated that this narration is reported with a weak chain.
(Ad Durrul Mandud Fis Salati Was Salami ‘Ala Sahibil Maqamil Mahmud pg. 133)
The Muhaddithun have allowed practicing upon weak Hadiths in cases like the above.
And Allah Ta’ala knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar
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