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An unreliable narration on attending the gathering of a Scholar

Question

How authentic is this Hadith?

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“To attend a gathering of a scholar is more rewarding than attending one thousand funerals, offering one thousand rak’ahs of prayers, one thousand Hajj and one thousand battles”

 

Answer

‘Allamah Dhahabi (rahimahullah) has declared this Hadith a fabrication due to there being a fabricator in the chain. It is therefore not suitable to quote.

(Mizanul I’tidal, vol.1 pg. 133, number: 394, Lisanul Mizan, vol. 1 pg. 495, number: 566. Also see: Tanzihush Shari’ah, vol. 1 pg. 253/254)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar