Can this Hadith be quoted?
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Abu Hurayrah is a vessel of knowledge.”
Imam Hakim (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith.
Sayyiduna Abu Sa’id Al Khudri (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) is a vessel of knowledge.”
(Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 3 pg. 509)
The chain contains a narrator who has been declared weak by some Muhaddithun and slightly credible according to others.
(Mizanul I’tidal, vol. 2 pg. 95, number: 2867 and Taqribut Tahdhib: 2131)
Nevertheless, the Hadith is suitable to quote to illustrate the merit of Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu).
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar