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An unreliable virtue of sweeping the Masjid

Question

Is this Hadith authentic?

من كسح بيتا من بيوت الله فكأنما حج أربعمائه حجة وغزا أربعمائة غزوة وأعتق أربعمائة نسمة وصام أربعمائة سنة

 

Answer

The Muhaddithun have declared this Hadith a fabrication. It is therefore not suitable to quote.

(Refer: Kitabul Majruhin of Imam Ibn Hibban, vol. 2 pg. 276, Al ‘Ilalul Mutanahiyah, vol.1 pg. 400/401, Talkhisu Kitabil ‘Ilal Al Mutanahiyah, Hadith: 361, Dhaylul La-Alil Masnu’ah, vol. 1 pg. 400, Hadith: 472 and Tanzihush Shari’ah, vol. 2 pg. 116)

 

Translation

“Whoever sweeps one of the houses of Allah [i.e. the Masjid], it is as though he has performed four hundred Hajj, went out in four hundred battles, freed four hundred slaves and fasted for four hundred years.”

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar