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Authenticity of the Hadith regarding the best type of horse

Question

Please verify the authenticity of this Hadith:

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“The best of horses is black with a white patch on the forehead and having whiteness on the upper lip and nose. The next best horse is a black horse with whiteness on the forehead and some white on [three] legs. The right leg does not have any whiteness. If it is not black, then a colour between black and red (i.e. reddish brown approaching chestnut) horse with these same markings.”

 

Answer

Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith authentic (hasanun sahihun gharib). Imam Ibn Hibban (rahimahullah) has also declared the Hadith authentic.

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 1696, Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 4676)

 

See the complete reference here.

 

And Allah Ta’ala knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar,

Horses are a great source of Barakah, as mentioned in several Hadiths.

The Ummah needs to pay more attention to this.

Those with the means should invest in horse breeding. Others may even take up horses as a recreational activity, but with the intention of following the guidelines of the Sunnah. This will -insha Allah- bring barakah onto our lives, individually as well as globally.

May Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala inspire us all with tawfiq.