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Praise for those who establish Salah while away from civilisation

Question

Is this Hadith authentic?

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: ما أتقاه ما أتقاه ما أتقاه راعي غنم على رأس جبل يقيم فيها الصلاة

 

Answer

Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Umamah (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 7707)

 

‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) has declared a narrator weak.

(Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 4 pg. 66)

 

The narration is suitable to quote for encouraging establishing Salah when aloof as is the case with Hadiths of this nature.

 

Translation

Sayyiduna Abu Umamah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “How Allah conscious! How cognisant of Allah! How Allah conscious is that shepherd who establishes Salah while on the peak of the mountain.”

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar