What is the status of the Hadith:
البركة مع اكابركم
This Hadith is recorded by Imams Ibn Hibban and Hakim (rahimahumallah) and both of them have graded it as authentic (sahih). Imam Ibn Daqiqil ‘Id (rahimahullah) has also classified it as authentic.
(Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al-Ihsan, Hadith: 559 and Mustadrak Hakim, vol.1 pg.62 and Al-Maqasidul Hasanah, Hadith: 290. Also see Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 3205)
Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu’anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:
‘Blessing (barakah) is with your elders/seniors.’
‘Allamah Munawi (rahimahullah) explains:[This refers to] those among you who are [aged and] experienced and have been punctual on righteous deeds. Sit in their company and emulate their ways.’
(Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 3205)
This Hadith clearly illustrates the importance of ‘sticking to the ways of our pious seniors’. A fact which unfortunately nowadays, many of us are oblivious of.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,
Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar