Is the following Hadith authentic?
Can these forty salah be nafl?
“The person who offers forty prayers consecutively in my Masjid, without missing a prayer in between, will secure immunity from the fire of Hell, and from other punishments and also from hypocrisy.”
This Hadith is recorded in Musnad Ahmad on the authority of Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu ‘anhu) with a reliable chain.
(Musnad Ahmad, vol.2 pg.155 . Also refer to Targhib, vol.2 pg.215 and Majma’uz zawaid, vol.4 pg.8 )
The Hadith is referring to forty consecutive fard salah.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,
Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar
This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. 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.