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A Hadith regarding Jibril’s age

Question

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).”

 

Answer

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