Is this Hadith authentic?
Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) prohibited Sayyiduna ‘Umar from kissing black stone if crowded and a means of discomfort and harm.
Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) and other Muhaddithun have recorded this Hadith. The full Hadith is as follows:
“Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) told Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu), ‘O ‘Umar! You are a strong man. Do not crowd up by the Hajar [Al Aswad] lest you harm/hurt a weak person. If you find a gap, go and touch it, otherwise face it and recite tahlil [La ilaha illallah] and takbir [Allahu Akbar].
(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 1 pg. 28)
Hafiz Ibn Kathir (rahimahullah) says, ‘The chain is authentic [jayyid], however there is an unnamed narrator. It seems that he too is reliable…’ He then cites another chain which mentions his name.
(Al Bidayah Wan Nihayah, vol. 5 pg. 205-206. Also see: Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 3 pg. 241)
The Hadith in question is suitable to quote.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar