Virtues of deeds

Musafahah (shaking hands), a means of forgiveness

Question

Is the following Hadith authentic?

Sayyiduna Al Bara’ ibn Al ‘Azib (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasululah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

No two Muslims meet each other and shake hands, except that Allah forgives them before they part.”

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Preferred Hadith on how to commence important matters

Question

Are both of the following narrations correct, or is one preferred over the other?

كل أمر ذي بال لا يبدأ فيه ببسم الله الرحمٰن الرحيم فهو أقطع رواه الرهاوي في الأربعين من حديث أبي هريرة

 

كل أمر ذي بال لا يبدأ فيه بحمد الله فهو أقطع وروى ابن حبان وأبو داود والنسائي من حديث أبي هريرة مرفوعا

 

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Question regarding Hadith numbers in Sahih Muslim

Question

I read the following Hadith in an email:

Sayyidatuna Asma bint Abu Bakr (radiyallahu ‘anha) had a garment that belonged to Rasulullaah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam). Whenever anyone fell ill in Madinah, the garment would be washed, the water given to the ailing person to drink and the garment draped over his body. The person would then be cured.

[Sahih Muslim, Hadith number: 5409]

Please can you confirm this Hadith, as Sahih Muslim is said to end at number 3000 (approximately) and this is 5409.

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