What is status of following narration?
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Imams Abu Ya’la, Tabarani and Bayhaqi (rahimahumullah) have recorded this Hadith on the authority of Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) with a weak chain.
(Musnad Abi Ya’la, Hadith: 4384, Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 899 and 8093, Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 1178. Refer: Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 4 pg. 63 and Lisanul Mizan, vol. 8 pg. 335)
Although the Hadith is corroborated, Imam Nasai (rahimahullah) has declared the text unreliable (munkar).
(Refer: Al ‘Ilalul Mutanahiyah, vol. 2 pg. 603, Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 1109. Also see: Al Mudawi, Hadith: 548)
‘Allamah ibn Tahir Al Maqdisi (rahimahullah) says that this is the statement of ‘Urwah ibn Zubayr (rahimahullah). The narration should rather be quoted as such.
(Tadhkiratul Mawdu’at, Hadith: 122. Also see: Al Wuquf ‘Alal Mawquf, Hadith: 116)
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