What is the status of this Hadith?
“If Ibrahim, the son of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) lived, he would have been a Nabi, however, there is no Nabi after Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).”
Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) has recorded this statement of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Abi Awfa (radiyallahu ‘anhu).
(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 6194)
This has also been recorded as the statement of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas and Sayyiduna Anas ibn Malik (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) in Sunan Ibn Majah and Musnad Ahmad with variation in the wording.
(Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 1511 and Musnad Ahmad, vol. 3 pg. 133 and vol. 4 pg. 353)
Hafiz Ibn Hajar has declared these versions authentic.
Hafiz Ibn Hajar Al ‘Asqalani (rahimahullah) has stated that these Sahabah could not have made this statement using their own intellect.[Therefore it would be understood that they heard this from Nabi -sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam-]
(Fathul Bari, Hadith: 6194. Also see: Al Maqasidul Hasanah, Hadith: 893 and Tahdhibul Asma Wal Lughat, vol. 1 pg. 278)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
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