What is the status of this Hadith
“Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: ‘Seek refuge in Allah against the pit of grief.’
The Companions asked, ‘Allah’s Messenger, what is the pit of grief?’
He replied, ‘It is a river in Hell against which even Hell seeks refuge four hundred times a day.’
They again asked, ‘Allah’s Messenger, who will enter it?’
He remarked, ‘It has been prepared for reciters of the Quran desiring to show off their deeds. The most detestable of the reciters in the sight of Allah are those who frequently visit the rulers (for worldly ends).'”
This Hadith is recorded in Sunan Ibn Majah on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu’anhu). Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has also recorded it with slight variation and without the last sentence.
(Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 256 and Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2383)
Although the chain for this is weak, it is well supported by other narrations. The Hadith in question can therefore be quoted.
Refer: Misbahuz Zujajah, Hadith: 101, Targhib, Hadith: 40, 41, 5379, 5380 and Majma’uz Zawaid, vol.7 pg.168 and vol.10 pg.222, 387-388)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,
Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar