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Ninety nine snakes in the grave of the disbeliever

Question

How sound is the Hadith in Ibn Hibban reported by Abu Sa’id Khudri (radiyallahu ‘anhu) regarding ninety nine (99) snakes in grave of a disbeliever?

 

Answer

Imams Ahmad, Ibn Hibban (rahimahumallah) and other Muhaddithun have recorded this Hadith.

Sayyiduna Abu Sa’id Al Khudri (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Ninety nine snakes will be released upon the disbeliever in his grave. They will continue biting him until Qiyamah. If one snake from there were to blow on [a portion of] earth, it would never grow vegetation.”

(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 3 pg. 38, Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 3121)

 

Imam Ibn Hibban (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith authentic (sahih). The Hadith is also corroborated. (See Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 3122)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar