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The ant seeking rain in the era of Nabi Sulayman (‘alayhis salam)

Question

What is status of following narration ?

حَدَّثَنَا وَكِيعٌ، عَنْ مِسْعَرٍ، عَنْ زَيْدٍ الْعَمِّيِّ، عَنْ أَبِي الصِّدِّيقِ النَّاجِي: أَنَّ سُلَيْمَانَ بْنَ دَاوُدَ، خَرَجَ بِالنَّاسِ يَسْتَسْقِي، فَمَرَّ عَلَى نَمْلَةٍ مُسْتَلْقِيَةٍ عَلَى قَفَاهَا، رَافِعَةٍ قَوَائِمَهَا إِلَى السَّمَاءِ، وَهِيَ تَقُولُ: اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا خَلْقٌ مِنْ خَلْقِكَ لَيْسَ لَنَا غِنًى عَنْ رِزْقِكَ، فَإِمَّا أَنْ تَسْقِيَنَا وَإِمَّا أَنْ تُهْلِكَنَا، فَقَالَ سُلَيْمَانُ لِلنَّاسِ: ارْجِعُوا فَقَدْ سُقِيتُمْ بِدَعْوَةِ غَيْرِكُمْ

 

 

Answer

This is recorded in Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah as the statement of Abus Siddiq, Bakr ibn ‘Amr An-Naji (rahimahullah) – a reliable Tabi’i- with a weak chain.

(Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 30101 and 35414)

 

Historical reports like these may be quoted despite their weak chains.

(Hukmul ‘amal bil Hadithid Da’if, pg. 206-207 and pg. 122-123)

 

Translation

Abus Siddiq narrates that Nabi Sulayman ibn Dawud (‘alayhis salam) came out with the people to pray for rain. He passed by an ant lying on its back, its legs raised to the sky whilst it was saying:

‘O Allah! We are a creation from Your creations and are dependent on Your sustenance. [O Allah] either sustain us or destroy us.’

Sulayman (‘alayhis salam) said to the people, return for you [will] receive rainfall due to the du’a of others.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad ibn Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar