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The swelling of the Crescent; a sign of Qiyamah

Question

Sayyidina Abu Hurairah related that the Prophet (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) stated:

‘A sign from among the signs of Qiyamah is that the moon of the 1st night will be large and upon seeing this people will say: ‘This is the moon of the 2nd night.’

Please provide the reference and authenticity for this.

 

Answer

Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) recorded this particular narration with a weak chain.

(Al-Mu’jamus Saghir, vol. pg.41-42 and Al-Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 6860. Also see Majma’uz Zawaid, vol.3 pg.146)

 

Sufficient Corroboration

In principle, weak narrations are accepted in chapter of the signs of Qiyamah. Furthermore, this Hadith has sufficient support form other corroborating narrations.

Similar narrations are reported from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud, Sayyiduna Talhah ibn Abi Hadrad and Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu’anhum), in addition to the narration of Imam  Sha’bi (rahimahullah) – a Tabi’i. Sayyiduna Abu Da’id Al-Khudri (radiyallahu’anhu) also has a statement of this nature.

(Refer Majma’uz zawaid, vol.3 pg.146 At-Tarikhul Kabir of Imam Bukhari, Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 38707 and 38708 with the footnotes of Shaykh ‘Awwamah)

In light of this, my Esteemed Teacher; Al-‘Allamatul Muhaddith Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (hafizahullah) has written that [when all the narrations are combined] the meaning is indeed proven/authentic.

(Footnotes on Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 38708)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar