Another Hadith on respecting elders and showing mercy to children

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Kindly provide the reference, authenticity, and translation of the following narration:

عَنْ أَبِي أُمَامَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ: بَيْنَما رَسُولُ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم وَمَعَهُ أَبُو بَكْرٍ وَعُمَرُ وَأَبُو عُبَيْدَةَ بْنُ الْجَرَّاحِ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمْ فِي نَفَرٍ مِنْ أَصْحَابِهِ إِذْ أُتِيَ بِقَدَحٍ فِيهِ شَرَابٌ، فَنَاوَلَهُ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَبَا عُبَيْدَةَ، فَقَالَ أَبُو عُبَيْدَةَ: أَنْتَ أَوْلَى بِهِ يَا نَبِيَّ اللهِ. قَالَ: خُذْ فَأَخَذَ أَبُو عُبَيْدَةَ الْقَدَحَ، ثُمَّ قَالَ لَهُ قَبْلَ أَنْ يَشْرَبَ: خُذْ يَا نَبِيَّ اللهِ، قَالَ نَبِيُّ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم: «اشْرَبْ، فَإِنَّ الْبَرَكَةَ فِي أَكَابِرِنَا، فَمَنْ لَمْ يَرْحَمْ صَغِيرَنَا، وَيُجِلَّ كَبِيرَنَا فَلَيْسَ مِنَّا»



 Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Umamah (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Al-Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 7895)


‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) has pointed out a weak narrator in the chain.

(Majma’uz Zawaid, vol.  8, pg. 15)


Nonetheless, this narration will gain strength through corroborating narrations and is suitable to quote.

(See: Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 1920-1921, Musnad Ahmad, vol. 5 pg. 323, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 1 pg. 127, and Here)



Sayyiduna Abu Umamah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) has narrated:

“Whilst Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was with Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, and Abu ‘Ubaydah ibnul Jarrah [radiyallahu ‘anhum] amongst a group of his companions, a bowl containing a drink was suddenly brought. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) handed it over to Abu ‘Ubaydah [radiyallahu ‘anhu].

Abu ‘Ubaydah then said: “You are more worthy of [drinking] it [first], O Prophet of Allah!”

He [i.e. Nabi – sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam] replied: “Take it.”

Abu ‘Ubaydah [radiyallahu ‘anhu] then took the bowl.

Thereafter, before drinking, he said to him [i.e. Nabi – sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam]: “Take [it], O Prophet of Allah!”

The Prophet of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) replied: ‘Drink, for indeed barakah [blessings] is/lies within our seniors; he who does not have mercy on our children, and does not respect our elders, is not from amongst us.’


And Allah Ta’ala knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Farhan Shariff


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

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