Is the following narration authentic?
The prayer for one’s parents is a Sunnah, due to the following Hadith:
“Whoever prays two rak’ahs on the eve of Friday, between Maghrib and ‘Isha in which he recites in each rak’ah Surah Fatihah, Ayatul Kursi, Surah Ikhlas, Surah Falaq and Surah Nas five times each. After completing the Salah he says ‘Astaghfirullah’ fifteen times and sends the reward of this Salah to his parents would have fulfilled the rights of his parents, even if he had not been dutiful towards them. Allah will bestow him with that which He bestows upon those of great faith and the martyrs”
‘Allamah ‘Iraqi (rahimahullah) has declared this narration as extremely weak (munkar). Al-Shawkani has deemed this narration a fabrication. This narration cannot be quoted.
(Al-Mughni ‘An Hamlil Asfar, Hadith: 618 and Al-Fawaidul Majmu’ah, pg. 45. Also see Ithafus Sadah Al Muttaqin, vol. 3 pg. 380/381 and Al-Atharul Marfu’ah of Shaykh ‘Abdul Hay Al-Lakhnawi, pg. 56)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
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