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Being aided in sustenance via the weak among you

Question

Is the following Hadith authentic?

In a Hadith Qudsi, Allah Ta’ala says:

“Search for me among your weak ones, for verily, you are being aided and provided rizq [sustenance] via your weak ones.”

 

Answer

Imams Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, and others (rahimahumullah) have recorded this narration as a normal Marfu’ Hadith (i.e, as the words of Nabi sallallahu’alayhi wasallam)- without Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) having attributed the Hadith to Allah Ta’ala. Imam Tirmidhi has declared the Hadith authentic (hasanun sahih).

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 2587, Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 1702)

 

An incident related to this concerning Sayyiduna Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas (radiyallahu ‘anhu), has been recorded in Sahih Bukhari as well as other sources.

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 2896, Also see: Fathul Bari, Hadith: 2896)

 

And Allah Ta’ala knows best

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar