What is the grading of the following Hadith?

Our beloved Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

اللهم ارحم خلفائي

(O Allah, have mercy on my vicegerents)

The Sahabah (radiyallah ‘anhum) asked:

و من خلفاؤك؟

(Who are they?)

Our beloved Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) replied:

 اللذين يروون أحاديثي و سنتي ويعلمونها للناس

(Those who report my Hadith/Sunnah and teach it to the people)



This Hadith is recorded with a few chains that are very weak. However the last sentence does acquire a degree of support from another narration as explained by my Beloved Teacher; Al-Muhaddith, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (hafizahullah). Therefore several Muhaddithun have included it in the chapter of the virtue of spreading Hadith, and the excellence of those who engage in that.

(Al-Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 5842, Al-Muhaddithul Fasil, Sharafu As-habil Hadith, pg. 30-31 and Akhbar Asbahan, vol.1 pg.81. Also see: Targhib, vol.1 pg.110 and commentary of Shaykh ‘Awwamah on Tadribur Rawi, vol.4 pg.502-504)

However as a precaution, one should quote other Hadiths instead.



And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,


Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar