Is this Hadith authentic and can it be quoted?
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) asked Jibril (‘alayhis salam): “O Jibril! How old are you?” Jibril replied: “O Messenger of Allah, I don’t know how old I am, but I do know that in the fourth heaven I saw a star shine once every 70 000 years, and I saw this 72 000 times.” Then Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “By the honour of Allah I was that star (Nur).”
This narration appears in certain non primary Hadith books. The Moroccan Hadith Scholar of the recent past, Shaykh ‘Abdullah Al Ghumari (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith a fabrication.
(Murshidul Ha-ir Li Bayani Wad’i Hadhithi Jabir, pg. 30)
The Hadith should therefore not be quoted.
Also see here.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar