Is this narration authentic?
ذبح رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ضحيته ثم قال: يا ثوبان، أصلح لحم هذه فلم أزل أطعمه منها حتى قدم المدينة
Imam Muslim (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith in his Sahih. The Hadith is therefore authentic.
(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1975)
Sayyiduna Thawban (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports: “Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) slaughtered his udhiyah/qurbani animal and then said, ‘Prepare/preserve this meat.’ I [did so] and continued to feed him the meat until he reached Madinah.'”
Other narrations suggest that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said this during Hajjatul Wada’ [the final Hajj]. Therefore Thawban (radiyallahu ‘anhu) would have fed him the meat on the return journey, until they reached Madinah Munawwarah.
(Refer: Takmilah Fathul Mulhim, Hadith: 1975)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
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