A narration explaining a huge reward for visiting a sick person

Question

Kindly verify this narration.

Sayyiduna Anas ibn Malik (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Whoever visits a sick person and sits by his side for a moment, will receive the reward of one thousand (1000) years of worship during which Allah Ta’ala was not disobeyed at all”

 

Answer

Imam Abu Bakr Ibn Abid Dunya (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration. However, ‘Allamah Mundhiri (rahimahullah) states, ‘The signs of fabrication are evident’. Therefore this Hadith is not suitable to quote.

(Al Marad Wal Kaffarat, Hadith: 59. Refer: Targhib, vol. 4 pg. 320/321. Also see: Mizanul I’tidal, vol. 2 pg. 567, under biography: 4926)

 

There are many authentic virtues of visiting the sick. See an example here.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar