Is this narration authentic?
Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said: “Whomsoever desires knowledge, should immerse himself [in studying and pondering over the commentary of] the Quran, as it contains knowledge of the first and last.”
This narration is recorded in the following sources with slight variations in the wording:
- Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah: 30641
- Kitabuz Zuhd of Imam Ahmad; Zawaid ‘Abdullah: 856
- Al Mu’jamul Kabir: 8664-8665-8666
‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) states, ‘Tabarani (rahimahullah) has reported this narration with a few chains, the narrators of one of these chains are reliable (رواه الطبراني بأسانيد، ورجال أحدها رجال الصحيح).
(Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 7 pg. 165. Also see: Al Matalibul ‘Aaliyah, Hadith: 3100)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
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