Hadith 44: 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…

Hadith 43: ‘Ali is with the truth and the truth is with ‘Ali. They will never separate until they both arrive at the Hawd (Cistern) on the Day of Judgment.
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Hadith 45: Indeed, the Messenger of Allah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said to ‘Ali before his death, “You will discharge my responsibility (i.e. of conveying the Message) and you will be murdered on my Sunnah.”
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Hadith 44

 

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[1]) — 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.[2]

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.

 

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[1] Abu al Hassan al Harbi: al Fawa’id al Muntaqat (al ’Ima’ ila Zawa’id al Amali wa al Ajza’, no. 85).

[2] Ibn ‘Asakir: Tarikh Dimashq, 42/450.

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