Is this Hadith authentic?
Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
“Whomsoever recites Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim once, Allah Ta’ala will record for each letter, four thousand good deeds, Allah will erase four thousand evil deeds and will raise his rank [in Jannah] by four thousand”
Imam Daylami (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu ‘anhu).
(Al Firdaws, Hadith: 5573, Dar Al Kitab Al ‘Arabi edition)
However, there are several narrators in the chain whom I could not locate and can therefore not verify the authenticity.
And Allah Ta’ala knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar