Is the following authentic?
To visit the sick is more beloved in the sight of Allah than ‘ibadah for 40 or 50 years
Visiting the sick is extremely rewarding and very much encouraged. However, the narration in question has been declared a fabrication by the Hadith masters.
(La-alil Masnu’ah, vol.2 pg.405 and Tanzihush Shari’ah, vol.2 pg.353)
See here for a few reliable narrations on this topic.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,
Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar