I would like to ask you regarding a hadith that is called “Hadith e Nur” or “Hadith e Jabir”.
It says that the first thing Allah Ta’ala created was the light of the Prophet (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam)
What is the authenticity of this Hadith?
Some secondary sources have referenced this Hadith to Imam ‘Abdur Razzaq (rahimahullah).
Currently there are 2 of his books that are published; Al-Musannaf and Tafsir.
This Hadith doesn’t appear in the current editions of these books.
My Bukhari Teacher; Shaykh Fadlur Rahman A’zami (hafizahullah) had assigned each volume of the Musannaf of Imama ‘Abdur Razzaq to a student who paged through the entire volume. None of them found this Hadith therein.
Other contemporary Hadith Scholars have also said they could not locate this Hadith in Imam ‘Abdur Razzaq’s books.
Refer: Al-Yawaqitul Ghaliyah, vol.2 pg.65-66, vol. pg. & Shaykh ‘Abdullah Siddiq Al-Ghumari’s (rahimahullah) notes on Al-Burdah, pg.75 and At-Ta’liqatul Hafilah ‘alal Ajwibatil Fadilah, pg.129 of Shaykh ‘Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah (rahimahullah).
Allamah Suyuti (rahimahullah) has declared that this Hadith has no chain that can be relied upon.
(Al-Hawi, vol.2 Pg.41-43)
My Spiritual mentor, the Grand Mufti Mahmudul Hasan Gangohi (rahimahullah) has also stated that this Hadith hasn’t been passed as authentic, neither does it appear in the authentic Hadith books.
(Fatawa Mahmudiyyah, vol.12 pg.62-64)
In light of the above, this Hadith should not be quoted until its chain can be found and then authenticated.
And Allah Ta’ala knows best
Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar