Is this narration authentic?
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
“Whoever stays apart from his brother [in Islam] for a year, it is as if he has shed his blood”
Imam Abu Dawud (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Khirash As Sulami/Al Aslami, Hadrad ibn Abi Hadrad (radiyallahu ‘anhu).
(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 4879)
Imam Hakim (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith authentic and ‘Allamah Dhahabi (rahimahullah) concurs.
(Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 4 pg. 163)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar