I heard this Hadith in a talk. Is it authentic?
“Allah Ta’ala does not accept an action until a person’s heart and body are both present” [i.e. until a person carries out the deed with complete devotion and concentration].
Muhammad Ibn Nasr Al Marwazi (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith on the authority of ‘Uthman ibn Abi Dahrash rahimahullah [mursalan]. Imam Daylami (rahimahullah) has recorded the Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna Ubayy ibn Ka’b (radiyallahu ‘anhu).
‘Allamah ‘Iraqi (rahimahullah) has declared the chain weak.
‘Allamah Mundhiri (rahimahullah) states that the mursal (a chain with an omission after the Tabi’i) version is more correct.
The Hadith is suitable to quote as is the case with Hadiths of this nature.
(Ta’zimu Qadris Salah, Hadith: 157. Refer: Targhib, vol. 1 pg. 348, Al Mughni ‘An Hamlil Asfar, Hadith: 400)
Text of the Hadith
Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) asked a Sahabi if he had erred in a Surah which he recited in the Salah. The Sahabi was unable to answer. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) asked another Sahabi and he too was unable to recall.
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) had reprimanded them and then said, ‘Allah Ta’ala does not accept an action until a person’s heart and body are both present.’
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar