Is this an acutal Hadith? I have heard that it is a fabricated Hadith.
Salah is the mi’raj of a Mumin.
This statement is widely quoted, but its source is untraceable.
Mufti Mahmud Hasan Gangohi (rahimahullah) has also stated that he has not found this narration in any authentic Hadith collection.
(Malfuzat Faqihul Ummah, pg. 17)
Since the chain is untraceable, it will not be suitable to quote the statement in question as a Hadith.
‘Allamah Zabidi (rahimahullah) has cited support for the meaning of this in his commentary of Ihya ‘Ulumid Din.
(Ithafus Sadah Al Muttaqin, vol. 3 pg. 118)
Therefore, although one may not quote it as a Hadith, its meaning is correct and an acceptable incentive for Salah.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar