Is this narration authentic?

“I and a widow whose face has darkened, and she is patient with her child will be as close as these two fingers in Jannah”



The full narration in question is as follows:

Sayyiduna ‘Awf ibn Malik (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“I and a woman whose face has darkened [due to the hardships she endured while taking care of her children alone and she found no need to adorn herself since she did not remarry] shall on the Day of Qiyamah [some narrations have the words in Jannah] be like these two [joining between the index and middle fingers]. [She was] a woman of rank and beauty who had been bereft of her husband and devoted herself to her fatherless children till they [grew up and were able to live on their own] or passed away”

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 5106 and Musnad Ahmad, vol. 6 pg. 29. Also see Ma’alimus Sunan and ‘Awnul Ma’bud)


The Hadith in question is suitable to quote and is further supported by a similar authentic narration recorded in Musannaf ‘Abdur Razzaq (mursalan).

(Musannaf ‘Abdur Razzaq, Hadith: 20591)


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And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


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