Hadith 42: Rejoice, O ‘Ali. Your life and death is with me.

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Hadith 42

 

أبشر يا علي، حياتك وموتك معي.

Rejoice, O ‘Ali. Your life and death is with me.

 

Al Tabarani and others narrate — from ‘Ubadah ibn Ziyad al Asadi — Qais ibn al Rabi’ — from Abu Ishaq — from Abu al Bakhtari — from Hujr ibn ‘Adi who said, “I heard Sharahil ibn Murrah say: ‘I heard the Messenger of Allah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam say to ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu…’”[1]

The chain of transmission is wah (feeble). It contains the following defects:

  • Qais ibn al Rabi’s son inserted hadith into his father’s collection that are not his.
  • Abu Ishaq is a mudallis[2] (obfuscates when he narrates) and a mukhtalit (commits serious errors).
  • There is a difference of opinion regarding ‘Ubadah ibn Ziyad al Asadi. He has ahadith that are manakir (unacceptable) regarding fadaʾil (virtues).

Ibn ‘Asakir also narrates this hadith with a chain of transmission that is saqit (wholly unreliable).[3] It contains the narrator ‘Amr ibn Shimr. He is suspected of lying.

It also contains Jabir. He is (also) suspected of lying.

It also contains Abu Tawq. I could not trace him.

 

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[1] Al Tabarani: al Mujam al Kabir, 10/4929 and al Mujam al Awsat, 6/5842.

[2] For an explanation of this term. Click Here

[3] Ibn ‘Asakir: Tarikh Dimashq, 12/208.