What is the status of this narration?
Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) once was entering the Masjid to offer Zuhr Salah when he saw an animal that was tied up. He asked, ‘Where is the owner of this animal’? No one responded. He (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) entered the Masjid and performed Salah.
When he exited the Masjid he saw the animal in the same condition. He asked, ‘Where is the owner of this animal’? The owner then responded saying ‘I am the owner O Messenger of Allah’. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘Don’t you fear Allah with regards to this animal’? You should either feed it or let it loose so that it can look for food’
Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr (radiyallahu ‘anhuma). ‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) has declared the chain reliable (jayyid).
(Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 14696, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 8 pg. 197)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
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