بلغني أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ذكر فتنة فقربها، قال: فأتيته بالبقيع وعنده أبو بكر، وعمر، وعثمان، وعلي، وطلحة، والزبير، فقلت: يا رسول الله بلغني أنك ذكرت فتنة. قال: نعم، كيف أنتم إذا اقتتلت فئتان دينهما واحد، وصلاتهما واحدة، وحجهما واحد؟ قال: قال أبو بكر: أدركها يا رسول الله؟ قال: لا. قال: الله أكبر. قال عمر: أدركها يا رسول الله؟ قال: لا. قال: الحمد لله. قال عثمان: أدركها يا رسول الله؟ قال: نعم، وبك يبتلون. قال علي: أدركها يا رسول الله؟ قال:: نعم، تقود الخيل بأزمتها.
(Abu Hurairah said,) I heard that the Messenger of Allah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam mentioned a fitnah (tribulation). He made it seem that it was soon approaching. I came to him at al Baqi’ and Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthman, ‘Ali, Talhah, and Zubair were all with him. I said, “O Messenger of Allah, I heard that you mentioned a fitnah (tribulation).” He said, “Yes. How will you be when two groups will fight one another; their Din being one, their salah being one, and their hajj being one?” Abu Bakr said, “Will I live to see it, O Messenger of Allah?” He said, “No.” He said, “Allahu Akbar.” ‘Umar said, “Will I live to see it, O Messenger of Allah?” He said, “No.” He said, “Al Hamd li Allah.” ‘Uthman said, “Will I live to see it, O Messenger of Allah?” He said, “Yes, and through you they will be tested.” ‘Ali said, “Will I live to see it, O Messenger of Allah?” He said, “Yes, you will be riding a horse by its reins.”
Ibn ‘Asakir narrates — from Abu al Hassan al Harbi (as it appears in his work al Fawa’id) — Jafar ibn Ahmed ibn al Sabbah narrated to us — Ahmed ibn ‘Abdah narrated to us — Hussain al Ashqar narrated to us — ‘Abdul Salam ibn Harb narrated to us — from Yazid Abu Khalid al Dalani — from Malik ibn al Harith — from Abu Hurairah.
This chain of transmission is da’if (weak).
There is a difference of opinion regarding the status of Yazid Abu Khalid al Dalani. He is a mudallis (obfuscates when he narrates).
Hussain al Ashqar is da’if (weak). Some hadith critics have even suspected him of lying.
 Abu al Hassan al Harbi: al Fawa’id al Muntaqat (al ’Ima’ ila Zawa’id al Amali wa al Ajza’, no. 85).
 Ibn ‘Asakir: Tarikh Dimashq, 42/450.