Is the following narration regarding the nikah of Fatimah (radiyallahu ‘anha) reliable and does it prove that it is sunnat for the bride’s family also to provide a meal?
عن أسماء بنت عميس رضي الله عنها قالت : أعطاني رسول الله آصعا من تمر ومن شعير فقال إذا دخلن عليك نساء الأنصار فأطعميهن منه
Sayyidatuna Asma bint ‘Umays (radiyallahu’anha) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) gave her a few kilograms of date and barley [after Sayyidah Fatimah’s nikah], and said to her: ‘Feed this to the women of the Ansar when they visit you.’
This Hadith is recorded by Imam Ahmad Ibn Mani’ with a weak and broken chain as stated by ‘Allamah Busiri (rahimahullah) –da’if wa munqati’.
(Ithaful Khiyarah, Hadith: 4416)
Weak narrations of this kind cannot be used to establish rulings, like the one in question.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,
Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar