An unreliable Hadith on the virtue of offering Salah while carrying a sword

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Is this Hadith authentic?

صلاة الرجل متقلدا سيفه تفضل على صلاة غير المتقلد سبع مائة ضعف



This narration is recorded in Tarikh Baghdad as part of a longer narration on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Tarikh Baghdad, vol. 9 pg. 365)


However, the Muhaddithun have declared this narration a fabrication. It is therefore not suitable to quote.

(Refer: Tanzihush Shari’ah, vol. 2 pg. 177)



Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “The Salah of a person carrying a sword is seven hundred times superior than that of a person not carrying a sword.”


Also see here.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

This answer was collected from 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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