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Dawud (‘alayhis salam) enquires regarding being grateful to Allah Ta’ala

Question

Is this story correct and where can it be found?

Dawud (‘alayhis salam) once asked Allah Ta’ala, ‘O My Rabb! [Being given the ability to] thank you and to express gratitude to you is also your bounty over me, so how do I express my gratitude to you?’ Allah Ta’ala revealed to him, ‘When you have realised this [that you will never be able to express enough gratitude for my bounties] then now you have made shukr’

 

Answer

Imam Abu Nu’aym and Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahumallah) have recorded this narration with weak chains. This narration is sourced from Historical sources [Israiliyyat]. Some narrations suggest that Musa (‘alayhis salam) also asked a similar question.

(Hilyatul Awliya, vol. 6 pg. 56 and Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 4100, 4101. Also see: Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Surah Ibrahim Verse: 34)

 

The narration is suitable to quote as reported.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar