What is the grade of the following Hadith?
Sulayman ibn ‘Amr ibn Al Ahwas said:
“My father narrated to me that he witnessed the farewell Hajj with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). So he thanked and praised Allah and he reminded and gave admonition. He mentioned a story in his narration and he (Nabi sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “And indeed I order you to be good to the women, for they are but captives with you, over whom you have no power than that, except if they come with manifest evil behavior.
If they do that, then abandon their beds and beat them with a beating that is not harmful. And if they obey you then you have no cause against them. Indeed you have rights over your women, and your women have rights over you. As for your rights over your women, then they must not allow anyone whom you dislike to treat on your bedding (furniture), nor to admit anyone in your home those you dislike. And their rights over you are that you treat them well in clothing them and feeding them.”
Imam Tirmidhi, Imam Ibn Majah and others have recorded this Hadith. Imam Tirmidhi has declared the Hadith authentic.
(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 1163 and Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 1851)
Imam Muslim (rahimahullah) has also recorded a lengthy Hadith regarding the Hajj of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), which includes parts of the Hadith in question.
(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1218)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
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