What is the authenticity of this Hadith?
Sayyiduna ‘Abdur Rahman ibn ‘Awf (radiyallahu ‘anhu) relates: “Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) once took hold of my hand and we proceeded to visit his ailing son, Ibrahim. They found the infant in the throes of death, so Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) placed him on his lap until his soul left him. Then he put the child down and wept, whereupon I (‘Abdur Rahman ibn ‘Awf radiyallahu ‘anhu) asked in astonishment, ‘You are weeping, O Messenger of Allah, while you prohibit crying!?’ Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied, ‘I did not prohibit weeping but rather, I forbade two voices which are imbecilic and sinful; One, a voice to the accompaniment of musical amusement and Shaytan’s instruments, the other, a voice due to some calamity, accompanied by striking of the face and tearing of garments. But this [crying] stems from compassion, and whosoever does not show compassion will not receive it….”
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