Is the following Hadith authentic?
“Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) commanded that Masjids be built among houses [i.e. in each Neighbourhood and locality] and that they be cleaned and perfumed”
This narration has recorded in a few Hadith collections with more than one chain [mursalan and mawsulan]. Imam Ibn Hibban has declared one version authentic.
(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 594, 595, Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 456, Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 759, Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 7522, Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 1634. Also see footnotes of Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah on Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar