Is this a Hadith? If so, what is the grading?
“Do not utter anything for which you will have to apologize/make excuses”
Yes. This is a Hadith recorded by Imam Ibn Majah (rahimahullah) on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Ayyub Al Ansari (radiyallahu ‘anhu. The full narration is as follows:
“A man came to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and said, ‘O Rasulullah, teach me and be concise.’ Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘When you stand to offer Salah then perform Salah as it is a farewell Salah, do not utter such words for which you will have to apologize and have no hope in the [possessions] of people”
(Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 4171)
‘Allamah Munawi and ‘Allamah ‘Azizi (rahimahumallah) have declared the Hadith sound.
(At Taysir, vol. 1 pg. 122 and As Sirajul Munir, vol. 1 pg. 168/169. Also see: Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 4 pg. 326/327 and Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 5459)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar