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A sinner is given respite before the sin is recorded

Question

Is this Hadith authentic?

إن صاحب الشمال ليرفع القلم ست ساعات عن العبد المسلم المخطئ أو المسيء، فإن ندم واستغفر الله منها ألقاها، وإلا كتبت واحدة

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“The Angel who sits on one’s left [waits] for six hours after a Muslim sins. If he then regrets it (his sin) and repents, the Angel casts it aside and doesn’t write it down, but if he doesn’t, the Angel writes it down only as one sin.”

 

Answer

This Hadith has been recorded a few chains. Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded the version in question. ‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) states ‘Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration with several chains and the narrators of one of these chains have been declared credible.’

(Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 7765, Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 6648-6650, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 10 pg. 207-208)

 

The Hadith may be quoted.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar