Is the following narration authentic and can it be quoted?
‘A married person’s worship is seventy times more rewarding than an unmarried person’
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is reported to have said:
‘Two rakats of Salah performed by a married person is better than seventy rakats of an unmarried person’
(Kitabud Du’afa of Uqayli, vol. 6 pg. 146 and Al Ahadithul Mukhtarah of Diya-ud din Al Maqdisi
Hafiz ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) has deemed the above Hadith as very weak (munkar). The Hadith is therefore not suitable to quote.
(Refer: Lisanul Mizan, vol. 6 pg. 461, Faydul Qadir, vol. 4 pg. 50 Tanzihush Shari’ah, vol. 2 pg. 205 and Al Fawaidul Majmu’ah, pg. 120. Also see Al Mudawi, vol. 4 pg. 139/140 and Al Mughir, pg. 53)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar