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The first thing Allah Ta’ala created was the pen

Question

What is the authenticity of this narration?

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“The first thing Allah created was the pen after which He commanded it to write. The pen asked its Rabb what it should write. Allah said, ‘Write the decree of all that which is to occur till eternity/Qiyamah'”

 

Answer

Imams Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, Ahmad (rahimahumullah) and other Muhaddithun have recorded this narration on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Ubadah ibn Samit (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2155 and 3319, Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 4668, Musnad Ahmad, vol. 5 pg. 317)

 

Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith authentic (hasanun sahihun gharib).

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 3319. Also see: Footnotes of Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah on Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 37072)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar