Is this authentic?
لما أصيب إخوانكم بأحد جعل الله أرواحهم في جوف طير خضر، ترد أنهار الجنة، تأكل من ثمارها، وتأوي إلى قناديل من ذهب معلقة في ظل العرش
Imam Abu Dawud (rahimahullah) and others have recorded this Hadith as part of a longer narration on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu’anhuma).
Hafiz Ibnul Qattan (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith sound (hasan).
(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 2512, Bayanul Wahmi Wal Iham, Hadith: 1919. Also see: Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 2 pg. pg. 88, and footnotes of Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah -hafizahullah- on Musannaf, Hadith: 19678)
Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) reported that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “When your brothers were martyred in Uhud, Allah placed their souls inside green birds which go to drink at the ponds of Jannah, eat from its fruits and nestle in golden lamps in the shade of the ‘Arsh…”
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar,
A similar Hadith is recorded in Sahih Muslim and other sources on the authority of Sayyiduna Ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu’anhu). Also see Musannaf ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 19731 with footnotes.
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.