Is this Hadith authentic?
من غزا في سبيل الله ولم ينو إلا عقالا فله ما نوى
Imam Nasai (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Ubadah ibn Samit (radiyallahu ‘anhu). Imam Ibn Hibban (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith authentic.
(Sunan Nasai; Al Mujtaba, Hadith: 3138, Sahih Ibn Hibban, Al Ihsan, Hadith: 4638)
Sayyiduna ‘Ubadah ibn Samit (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)said: “Whoever goes out in battle in the path of Allah with no intention but to [attain] a small rope [from the spoils of war] will only have what he intended.”
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
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