Question: There is a hadith that mentions calling upon certain angels to help one find something you have lost. What is the hadith exactly and is it authentic?
Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
Thank you for your important question.
There are a number of very similar hadiths to this effect with varying levels of authenticity in Musannaf Ibn Abi Shayba, Musnad Ahmad, Musnad al Bazzar, al Mujam al Kabir of Tabarani, and Shuab al Iman by Bayhaqi.
One such narration is found in al Mujam al Kabir of Tabarani and it translates as follows:
If anyone loses something or needs help while he is alone in the wilderness, let him say, ‘O slaves of Allah, help me! O slaves of Allah, help me!’ because Allah actually has slaves that we cannot see.’
The hadith backed up with its various versions and chains of transmission are sound (hasan) (Majma al Zawaid, Haythami; al Futuhat al Rabbaniyya, Ibn Allan).
Tabarani adds at the end of the hadith that this has been tried and tested. Imam Ahmad and Imam Nawawi also mention that they applied the hadith and it worked (Kitab al Adhkar, Nawawi; Masail al Imam Ahmad bi riwayat ibnihi Abdillah, Abdullah ibn Ahmad ibn Hanbal).
I pray this helps.
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