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The reward for giving a thirsty believer something to drink

Question

Is this Hadith authentic?

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Any believer who gives drink to a thirsty believer, Allah ‘Azza Wa Jalla will give him to drink from the sealed nectar.”

 

Answer

Imams Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud (rahimahumallah) have recorded this Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Sa’id Al Khudri (radiyallahu ‘anhu), as part of a longer narration.

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2449, Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 1679)

 

Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has declared the narration weak and states that this is more correctly reported as the statement of Sayyiduna Abu Sa’id Al Khudri (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

However, the nature of this narration is not such that could be made up using logic. It will therefore be understood that he heard this from Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). The narration is suitable to quote.

 

‘Sealed nectar’ refers to the wine of Jannah.

(Refer: Tuhfatul Ahwadhi, Hadith: 2449)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar