Is this Hadith authentic?
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) once passed by a man who placed his foot on the side of a sheep, as he sharpened his blade. The sheep was observing this. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Why didn’t you [do this] before or would you like to kill it twice?”
Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma).
(Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 11916, Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 3614)
‘Allamah Mundhiri and ‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahumallah) have declared the narrators reliable. (rijaluhu rijalus sahih)
(Targhib, vol. 2 pg. 156 and Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 4 pg. 33)
Imam Hakim (rahimahullah) has also recorded this Hadith with slight variation in the wording. He has declared the Hadith authentic and ‘Allamah Dhahabi (rahimahullah) concurs.
(Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 4 pg. 231)
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