Is the narration authentic?
Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
“The custodians of the Quran will be in the shade of Allah, in the company of the Prophets and other virtuous people on the day of Qiyamah”
This is part of a longer Hadith recorded on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu).
(Fawaid of Shirazi, Musnadul Firdaws and Ibnun Najjar; Refer: Kanzul ‘Ummal, Hadith: 45409)
This Hadith has been reported with a very weak chain. In fact, Shaykh Ahmad Siddiq Al Ghumari (rahimahullah), a recent Moroccan Scholar has declared the Hadith a fabrication.
(Refer: Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 311 and Al Mughir, Hadith: 28)
However, Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) and others, have recorded another slightly weak narration, which is suitable to quote. This narration states that ‘A person who has learnt the Quran when he was young, and recites it when old will be under the shade of the ‘Arsh of Allah’.
This Hadith does not mention that he will be in the company of the Prophets.
(Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 773. Refer: Fathul Bari, under Hadith: 660, vol. 2 pg. 147 and Al Mudawi, Hadith: 311/170)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
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