What is the source of this Hadith?
لا تزال أمتي بخير -أو قال على الفطرة- ما لم يؤخروا المغرب إلى أن تشتبك النجوم
Imam Abu Dawud (rahimahullah) and other Muhaddithun have recorded this Hadith.
When ‘Uqbah ibn ‘Amir (radiyallahu ‘anhu) was appointed over Egypt, he once delayed Maghrib. Abu Ayyub Al Ansari (radiyallahu ‘anhu) questioned him regarding this to which he replied that he became preoccupied. Abu Ayyub (radiyallahu ‘anhu) asked, “Did you not hear Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) say:
‘My ummah will remain on good -or on the [Sunnah]- as long as they do not delay Maghrib until the stars become intertwined.’”
(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 421)
‘Stars becoming intertwined’ refers to the time when stars of all sizes emerge and it appears that they are joined due to their number. This happens when it becomes dark.
(Sharh ibn Raslan, Hadith: 418)
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Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
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