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Authenticity of the Hadith 'Hold on to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly guided Khulafa'

Question

Is the following Hadith with the mentioned wordings authentic? Kindly provide the reference.

‘Alaykum bi sunnati wa sunnatil khulafa ir rashidin al mahdiyyin’

Translation: Hold on to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly guided khulafa

Answer

The hadith in question is part of a longer narration, recorded in the following primary Hadith sources:

1) Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2676

2) Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 4599

3) Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 42

4) Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 5

5) Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 1 pg. 96

Imams Tirmidhi, Ibn Hibban, Hakim and Hafiz Dhahabi (rahimahumullah) have declared the Hadith authentic (sahih)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar