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The virtue of Ghouta

Question

Is this an authentic Hadith?

Sayyiduna Abud Darda (radiyallahu ‘anhu) related that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Indeed the place of refuge/stronghold of the Muslims on the day of massacre [during the fitnah of Dajjal etc.] is in Ghouta, near a city called Damascus, this from the best of the cities of Sham.”

 

Answer

Imam Abu Dawud (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith. Imam Hakim (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith authentic and Hafiz Dhahabi concurs.

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 4298, Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 4 pg. 486. Refer: Sharh Ibn Raslan, Hadith: 4298, for the explanatory translations inserted above)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar