لما سار النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم إلى خيبر جعل عليا رضي الله عنه على مقدمته، فقال: من دخل النخل فهو آمن. فلما تكلم بها النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم نادى بها علي رضي الله عنه، فنظر النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم إلى جبريل عليه السلام، فضحك. فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: ما يضحكك؟ فقال:: إني أحبه. فقال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم لعلي: إن جبريل يقول: إني أحبك قال: وبلغت أن يحبني جبريل؟ قال: نعم ومن هو خير من جبريل الله تعالى.
When the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam set out for Khaybar, he placed ‘Ali at the forefront and said, “Whoever enters the (area of the) date-palm trees is safe.” When the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam uttered these words, ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu announced it. The Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam looked towards Jibril ‘alayh al Salam and Jibril laughed. The Messenger of Allah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “What makes you laugh?” He said, “Verily I love him.” The Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said to ‘Ali, “Jibril is saying, ‘Verily I love you.’” He said, “Did I reach such that Jibril loves me?” He said, “Yes, and He who is better than Jibril, Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala (also loves you).”
Al Tabarani narrates (and Abu Nuaim from al Tabarani) — Ahmed ibn ‘Umar al Bazzar narrated to us — Muhammad ibn ‘Umarah ibn Subayh narrated to us — Nasr ibn Muzahim narrated to us — Mindal narrated to us — from Ismail ibn Ziyad — from Ibrahim ibn Bashir al Ansari — from al Dahhak al Ansari….
The chain of transmission is saqit (wholly unreliable).
Muhammad ibn ‘Umarah al Kufi and Ibrahim ibn Bashir al Ansari were only regarded as reliable by Ibn Hibban.
Mindal ibn ‘Ali al ‘Anazi al Kufi is da’if (weak).
Nasr ibn Mazahim is matruk (suspected of forgery).
Ismail ibn Ziyad is possibly al Kufi al Sakuni. The hadith critics have deemed him a kadhdhab (liar).
Al Haythami writes, “Al Tabarani narrates this hadith with a chain of transmission that contains the narrator Nasr ibn Muzahim. He is matruk (suspected of forgery).”
Ibn Hajar says the chain of transmission is da’if (weak).
Abu Nuaim also narrates this hadith with a chain of transmission that is saqit (wholly unreliable). It contains:
Jubarah ibn al Mughallis is da’if (weak).
Mindal is da’if (weak).
Ismail ibn Ziyad was deemed a kadhdhab (liar).
Al Daylami also narrates this hadith from al Dahhak al Ansari. I have yet to come across its chain of transmission.
 Al Tabarani: al Mujam al Kabir, 8/8145; Abu Nuaim: Ma’rifat al Sahabah, 3/3907.
 Nur al Din al Haythami: Majma’ al Zawaʾid, 9/126.
 Ibn Hajar: al Isabah, 3/481.
 Abu Nuaim: Ma’rifat al Sahabah, 5/6871.
 Al Daylami: Musnad al Daylami, 5/8296.Back to top