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An unauthentic virtue of enduring the bad character of one’s spouse

Question

Is the following Hadith authentic?

The one who will be patient with bad character of his wife, will get the same reward as Ayyub (‘alayhis salam). Similarly, the woman who will be patient with bad character of her husband, will get the same reward as Fir’awn’s wife Asiyah.

Answer

‘Allamah Subki (rahimahullah) has not found a chain of narrators for the above narration. Hafiz ‘Iraqi (rahimahullah) has also stated that he has not come across any basis for this narration.

(Tabaqatush Shafi’iyyah, vol. 6 pg. 310, Al Mughni ‘An Hamlil Asfar, Hadith: 1469)

Furthermore Hafiz ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) and Hafiz Haythami (rahimahullah) have classified another lengthy Hadith, which has similar wording and is recorded in Musnadul Harith, as a fabrication. Below is an excerpt from that Hadith:

“The one who will be patient with bad character of his wife and anticipates reward, will get the same reward as Ayyub (‘alayhis salam)…” .

(Refer: Bughyatul Bahith, Hadith: 205 – vol. 1 pg. 316- and Al Matalibul ‘Aliyah, Hadith: 2584 )

The Hadith in question should not be quoted

 

And Allah Ta’ala knows best

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar