Is this Hadith authentic?
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
“There are four (will protest) on the Day of Qiyamah; A deaf man who never heard anything, [An insane man], a very old man, and the man who died during ‘fatrah’ [The interval between the time of ‘Isa (‘alayhis salam) and the time of Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).
The deaf man will say, ‘O Rabb, Islam came but I never heard anything.’ The insane man will say, ‘O Rabb, Islam came but children would run after me and throw dung at me.’ The very old man will say, ‘O Rabb, Islam came but I did not understand anything.’ The man who died during ‘fatrah’ will say, ‘O Rabb, no Messenger came to me.’
He will accept their promises of obedience, then word will be sent to them to enter Jahannam. By the One in Whose hand is the soul of Muhammad, if they enter it, it will be cool and safe for them.
Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna Al Aswad ibn Sari’. ‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) has declared the narrators reliable (rijalus sahih).
(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 4 pg. 24, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 7 pg. 215/216)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
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