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Virtue of propagating Hadith

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What is the grading of the following Hadith?

Our beloved Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

اللهم ارحم خلفائي

(O Allah, have mercy on my vicegerents)

The Sahabah (radiyallah ‘anhum) asked:

و من خلفاؤك؟

(Who are they?)

Our beloved Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) replied:

 اللذين يروون أحاديثي و سنتي ويعلمونها للناس

(Those who report my Hadith/Sunnah and teach it to the people)


This Hadith is recorded with a few chains that are very weak. However the last sentence does acquire a degree of support from another narration as explained by my Beloved Teacher; Al-Muhaddith, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (hafizahullah). Therefore several Muhaddithun have included it in the chapter of the virtue of spreading Hadith, and the excellence of those who engage in that.

(Al-Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 5842, Al-Muhaddithul Fasil, Sharafu As-habil Hadith, pg. 30-31 and Akhbar Asbahan, vol.1 pg.81. Also see: Targhib, vol.1 pg.110 and commentary of Shaykh ‘Awwamah on Tadribur Rawi, vol.4 pg.502-504)

However as a precaution, one should quote other Hadiths instead.

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. 

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