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One recital for ‘Arafah

Question

Is the following narration authentic

 عَنْ جَابِرِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ، قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : مَا مِنْ مُسْلِمٍ يَقِفُ عَشِيَّةَ عَرَفَةَ فِي الْمَوْقِفِ فَيَسْتَقْبِلُ الْقِبْلَةَ بِوَجْهِهِ ثُمَّ يَقُولُ: لا إِلَهَ إِلا اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لا شَرِيكَ لَهُ لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ مِائَةَ مَرَّةٍ، ثُمَّ يَقْرَأُ قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ مِائَةَ مَرَّةٍ، ثُمَّ يَقُولُ: اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ كَمَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَآلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ، وَعَلَى نَبِيِّنَا مَعَهُمْ مِائَةَ مَرَّةٍ إِلا قَالَ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى: يَا مَلائِكَتِي ، مَا جَزَاءُ عَبْدِي هَذَا؟ سَبَّحَنِي وَهَلَّلَنِي وَكَبَّرَنِي، وَعَظَّمَنِي وَعَرَفَنِي، وَأَثْنَى عَلَيَّ وَصَلَّى عَلَى نَبِيِّي، اشْهَدُوا مَلائِكَتِي أَنِّي قَدْ غَفَرْتُ لَهُ وَشَفَّعْتُهُ فِي نَفْسِهِ، وَلَوْ سَأَلَنِي عَبْدِي هَذَا لَشَفَّعْتُهُ فِي أَهْلِ الْمَوْقِفِ كُلِّهِمْ

Answer

This narration is recorded by Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) in Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 3780.

Imam Bayhaqi states that this text is not reported with another chain (matn gharib), and that this chain does not have any fabricators.

‘Allamah Mundhiri (rahimahullah) has included it in his Targhib and thereby deemed it suitable.

Hafiz Dimyati (rahimahullah) has also cited this while indicating to its weakness.

(Targhib, Hadith: 1744 and Al-Matjarur Rabih, Hadith: 789)

 

The Hadith may be practiced upon.

 

Translation

Sayyiduna Jabir ibn ‘Abdillah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

‘Any Muslim who stands on the eve of ‘Arafah facing the direction of the Qiblah and then says hundred times:

لا إِلَهَ إِلا اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لا شَرِيكَ لَهُ لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

La ilaha illahu wahdahu la shrika lahu lahul mulku walahul hamdu wahuwa ‘ala kuli shayin qadhur

Followed by one hundred times Surah Ikhlas, and a hundred times:

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ كَمَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَآلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ، وَعَلَى نَبِيِّنَا مَعَهُمْ

Allahuma sali ‘ala Muhammadin kama salayta ‘ala Ibrahima wa ali Ibrahima inaka hamidum majid wa ‘ala nabiyna ma’ahum

Allah Ta’ala says:

‘O My Angels, what is the reward for My servant for this? He has glorified Me, testified My oneness, mentioned My greatness, honored Me, recognised Me, commended Me and sent salutations upon My Prophet, bear witness My Angels that I have forgiven him and granted him intercession and if he interceded on behalf of all these people standing here I would grant it to him’

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar,

 

Assisted by Moulana Yusuf Badshah.