Reference for the incident of Sayyiduna Hanzalah being washed by the Angels

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Please give me a reference and status of the famous incident of Sayyiduna Hanzalah (radiyallahu’anhu) being washed by the Angels after being martyred.


Imams Ibn Hibban and Hakim -among others- (rahimahumullah) have recorded on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Zubayr (radiyallahu’anhuma) that when Sayyiduna Hanzalah (radiyallahu’anhu) was martyred, Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) told the Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum):

‘Indeed the Angels are washing your companion’s body.’

When his wife was told so, she said: ‘He left for the battle whilst needing an obligatory bath (janabah).

Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

‘Therefore the Angels are washing him.’

(Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 7025 and Mustadrak Hakim, vol.3 pg.204-205 )

Imams Ibn Hibban and Hakim have declared this narration as authentic (sahih)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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