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The virtues of reaching old age

Question

Please verify the authenticity of the following narration:

‘No one reaches forty years in Islam except that Allah protects him from madness, leprosy and leucoderma. When he is fifty, Allah makes easy his reckoning. When he reaches sixty, Allah grants him repentance. And when he reaches seventy, Allah loves him and the inhabitants of the heavens love him. And when he reaches eighty, Allah accepts his good deeds and overlooks his sins. When he reaches ninety, Allah forgives his past and future sins, he is named ‘the prisoner of Allah on earth’ and is granted intercession (for forgiveness) for his family.’

Answer

This Hadith is reported by several Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum) and is recorded in many Hadith collections with slight variations in the wording.

References:

Musnad Ahmad, vol.2 pg.89 and vol.3 pg.218
Musnad Bazzar, see Kashful Astar, Hadith: 3587-3589
Kitabuz Zuhd of Imam Bayhaqi, Hadith: 650-652
Hafiz Ibn Hajar Al-‘Asqalani (rahimahullah) has mentioned seven Sahabah that have reported it.
(Ma’rifatul Khisalil Mukaffirah, pg. 89)

 

Authenticity
Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) has mentioned that the chain in Bayhaqi is the best as all its narrators are reliable, besides one who is supported by another narrator anyway.

(Ma’rifatul Khisalil Mukaffirah, pg. 108)
Hafiz Ibn ‘Asakir (rahimahullah) has graded the Hadith as sound (hasan)

(Lisanul Mizan, no. 1582)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar