لأعطين الراية غدا رجلاً يفتح على يديه، يحب الله ورسوله، ويحبه الله ورسوله
Tomorrow, I will give this standard to an individual upon whose hands victory will be granted; he loves Allah and his Messenger, and Allah and his Messenger love him.
This hadith is transmitted by the following Sahabah radiya Llahu ‘anhum: Salamah ibn al Akwa’, Sahl ibn Sa’d, Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas, Abu Hurairah, ‘Imran ibn Hussain, ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib, Hassan ibn ‘Ali, Buraidah, ‘Umar ibn al Khattab, Abu Sa’id, Ibn ‘Umar, Ibn ‘Abbas, Sa’id ibn al Musayyab radiya Llahu ‘anhum.
(However) the following versions are sahih (authentic):
- Salamah ibn al Akwa’, Sahl ibn Sa’d (both are included in the Sahihayn),
- Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas, Abu Hurairah (both are included Sahih Muslim),
- ‘Imran ibn Hussain (sahih),
- Abu Layla, ‘Ali (there is a possibility of both these versions to be (graded as) Hassan (fair)).
The remaining versions are all da’if (unreliable).
Regarding some of the versions which (also) state that the door was not opened for Abu Bakr and ‘Umar radiya Llahu ‘anhuma, and was opened for ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu after them, all of these versions are da’if (unreliable). I have explained this in the original work.
The Hadith of Salamah ibn al Akwa’
عن سلمة بن الأكوع رضي الله عنه قال كان علي قد تخلف عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم في خيبر وكان رمدا فقال أنا أتخلف عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم.فخرج علي فلحق بالنبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فلما كان مساء الليلة التي فتحها الله في صباحها قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم لأعطين الراية أو ليأخذن بالراية غدا رجل يحبه الله ورسوله أو قال يحب الله ورسوله يفتح الله عليه فإذا نحن بعلي وما نرجوه فقالوا هذا علي.فأعطاه رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم الراية ففتح الله عليه.
(Narrated from) Salamah ibn al Akwa’ radiya Llahu ‘anhu who said:
‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu remained behind Nabi salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam in (the battle of) Khaybar as he was suffering from eye trouble. He then said, ‘(How can) I remain behind Nabi salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam?’ So he caught up with him salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. When we went to sleep—on the night of the conquest of Khaybar—Nabi salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: ‘I will give this banner to a person who loves Allah and his Messenger, and Allah and his Messenger love him.’ All of a sudden, without us expecting, ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu showed up. They, i.e. the people present said, ‘Here is ‘Ali.’ The Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam gave him the standard, and Allah (eventually) granted victory on his hands.
The Hadith of Sahl ibn Sa’d
عن سهل بن سعد رضي الله عنه قال قال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يوم خيبر لأعطين الراية غدا رجلا يفتح على يديه يحب الله ورسوله ويحبه الله ورسوله فبات الناس ليلتهم أيهم يعطى فغدوا كلهم يرجوه فقال أين علي.فقيل يشتكي عينيه فبصق في عينيه ودعا له فبرأ كأن لم يكن به وجع فأعطاه فقال أقاتلهم حتى يكونوا مثلنا فقال انفذ على رسلك حتى تنزل بساحتهم ثم ادعهم إلى الإسلام وأخبرهم بما يجب عليهم فوالله لأن يهدي الله بك رجلا خير لك من أن يكون لك حمر النعم
On the day (of the battle) of Khaybar the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “Tomorrow I will give the standard to somebody who will be granted victory, he loves Allah and His Messenger, and Allah and His Messenger love him.”
The people spent the night wondering as to who would receive the standard. They awoke in the morning hoping (to be that person).
Allah’s Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam asked, “Where is ‘Ali?”
He was told that ‘Ali was suffering from eye-trouble. So the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam applied saliva to his eyes and supplicated for him for him. He was (immediately) cured. It was as if he had no prior ailment. The Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam handed him the standard.
‘Ali said, “Should I fight them till they become like us (i.e. Muslim)?”
The Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “Approach them steadily till you enter their lands. Then, invite them to Islam, and inform them about what is incumbent upon them; for, by Allah, if Allah grants (even) one person guidance through you, it is better for you than possessing red camels.”
The Hadith of Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas
This has come before in the hadith of the ‘manzilah’ (previous hadith).
The Hadith of Abu Hurairah
This hadith is narrated by Imam Muslim and others.
The Hadith of ‘Imran ibn Hussain
This hadith is transmitted from Mansur ibn al Mu’tamar — from Rib’i ibn Hirash — from ‘Imran ibn Hussain. The chain of transmission is sahih (authentic). The other versions of this hadith are mentioned in the original work.
 Or he salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, ‘Such a person will take the banner…’
 Imam al Bukhari: Sahih al Bukhari, hadith no. 2976, 3702, and 4209; Imam Muslim: Sahih Muslim, hadith no. 2407.
 The following words (also) appear in a version narrated by Imam al Bukhari: “The people spent the night speaking about which one of them would be given the standard. When they awoke, they went to Nabi salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam all hoping to be given the standard.”
 Imam al Bukhari: Sahih al Bukhari, hadith no. 2942, 3009, 3701, and 4210; Imam Muslim: Sahih Muslim, hadith no. 2406.
 Imam Muslim: Sahih Muslim, hadith no. 2404.
 Imam Muslim: Sahih Muslim, hadith no. 2405.
 Imam al Tabarani: al Mujam al Kabir, vol. 18 pg. 237; Imam al Nasaʾi: al Sunan al Kubra, hadith no. 8094, and 8353; Khasaʾis ‘Ali, hadith no. 22.