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Popular Hadith regarding Sham (Syria)

Question

Is this Hadith authentic?

It is extensively shared on social media amongst the youth:

Salamah bin Nufail (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said: While I was sitting with the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) a man came to him and said,

“O Messenger of Allah Horses are being humiliated (ignored), and weapons are being laid down and people are claiming there is no more Jihad and war has ended”

the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

“They are lying! Fighting has just begun! Fighting has just begun! And a party of my Ummah will remain fighting on the true path and Allah will deviate the hearts of some men and Allah will provide the fighters from them until the final hour starts and the promise of Allah is fulfilled and good is on the foreheads of horses until the day of Judgement. It is being revealed to me that I will be departing you soon and you would follow me in groups while you are fighting each other and the house of the believers is in Sham (Syria)”

 

Answer

This Hadith is recorded in Nasai, Hadith: 4386 & declared authentic (sahih) by Imam Ibn Hibban (rahimahullah)

(Sunanul Kubra, Hadith:4386 & Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 7307)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar