What is the authenticity of this?
If a person learns a chapter of knowledge to teach others and seeking the pleasure of Allah. Allah will grant him the reward of seventy Prophets.
Imam Hakim (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration in his Tarikh. However, the chain of transmission consists of a narrator who has been declared extremely weak by some Muhaddithun and a liar according to others. The Hadith is therefore not suitable to quote.
(Refer: Dhaylul La-Alil Masnu’ah, vol. 1 pg. 167/168 and Tanzihush Shari’ah, vol. 1 pg. 275)
There are many authentic narrations on the virtue seeking knowledge which should be quoted instead. See some examples here.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar