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Reference for the words ‘stand shoulder to shoulder’

Question

Is there a Hadith wherein Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) used the words ‘stand shoulder to shoulder’ and ‘neck to neck’ when commanding the Sahabah to straighten the rows for Salah?

 

Answer

The words  ‘حاذوا بين المناكب’ [stand shoulder to shoulder] were used by Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) as  authentically recorded by Imam Abu Dawud and others.

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 666)

 

Imam Nasai (rahimahullah) has recorded a narration on the authority of Sayyiduna Anas ibn Malik (radiyallahu ‘anhu) which has the words ‘و حاذوا بالاعناق’ [neck to neck]

(Sunan Nasai; Al Mujtaba, Hadith: 815)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar