Is this authentic?
A person complained to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) that he had a hard heart. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) advised him to pass his hand over the head of an orphan and to feed the poor.
Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu).
(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 2 pg. 263 and pg. 387)
‘Allamah Mundhiri and Hafiz Haythami (rahimahumallah) have declared the chain of narrators reliable.
(Targhib, vol. 3 pg. 349 and Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 8 pg. 160)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar