Is this Hadith authentic?
Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Marry, as I want you to be more numerous than other nations and do not be like Christian monks”
Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Umamah (radiyallahu ‘anhu). Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) has declared a narrator in the chain as weak.
(As Sunanul Kubra, vol. 7 pg. 78, At Talkhisul Habir, Hadith: 4561)
However, there are many authentic Hadiths which encourage nikah and encourage marrying a child bearing woman. Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) has also alluded to this. See an example here.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
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