What is the source, and authenticity of this narration?
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) told Sayyiduna Ubayy ibn Ka’b: “I have been commanded to recite the Quran to you.”
This narration has been recorded in Sahih Bukhari with variation in the wording. (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 4959-4960)
The Hadith is also recorded in the following Hadith collections with a few chains and slight variation in the wording:
- Musnad Ahmad, vol. 5 pg. 123
- Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 30937 [worded just as in the question]
- Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 447-1359
- Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 3 pg. 304
Imam Hakim (rahimahullah) has declared his chain authentic and Hafiz Dhahabi concurs. ‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) states, ‘The narrators of [one of the chains of Tabarani] have been declared credible.’
(Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 9 pg. 312. Also see: footnotes of Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah on Musannaf, Hadith: 30937)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar