What is the authenticity of the following Hadith?
أشراف امتي حملة القران و أصحاب اليل
Imams Tabarani, Bayhaqi (rahimahumallah) and others have recorded this Hadith.
Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “The honourable ones of my ummah are the bearers of the Quran and those who engage in worship at night [at the time of tahajjud].”
(Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 12662, Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 2447 and 2977)
Bearers of the Quran refers to those who memorise the Quran, learn the meaning and act upon it.
(Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 1063 and Mirqat, Hadith: 1239)
The chain consists of a narrator who has been declared extremely weak.
(Refer: Mizanul I’tidal, vol. 5 pg. 36, number: 8616. Also see: Lisanul Mizan, vol. 4 pg. 29, number: 3379, Targhib, vol. 1 pg. 431, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 7 pg. 161)
However, there does exist broader support for this subject matter.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar