Glance to parents = reward of an accepted Hajj ?

  • Status : EXTREMELY WEAK / FABRICATED

In order to motivate our youngsters, it is often reported :

Ibn Abbas (radi Allahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The pious offspring who casts a single look of affection at his parents receives a reward from Allah equal to the reward of an accepted Hajj.” The people enquired: “O Prophet of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), if someone casts a hundred such glances of love and affection at his parents, what then?” The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Yes, indeed, even if one does so a hundred times a day, he will get a hundred fold reward. Allah is far greater than you imagine and is completely free from petty narrow mindedness.” [Sahih Muslim]

Firstly, this narration is NOT in Sahih Muslim. This is yet another misattribution.

Secondly, it has been narrated through three different chains of narrators

1) It is found in Al-Bayhaqî’s Shu’ab al-îmân and contains a narrator by the name of Nahshal Ibn Sa’eed who was accused of lying by Ishâq bin Râhaway and Abû Dâwûd at-Tayâlisî.

Ad-Dhahabî graded it munkar (rejected) in his ‘Siyar a’lam an-nubalâ”’ (19/208) and Al-Albânî graded it as mawdû’ in his ‘Silsilat ad-Da’eefah’, 3298.

2) Also found in Siyaru A’lâm-in-Nubalâ of Al-Dhahabî and its chain contains a certain Muhammad Ibn Humaid whom experts have opined that “he is unreliable / he has many unacceptable narrations / I have not seen anybody more artful in lying than Ibn Humaid”

3) A third narration is found in Ibn Abid Dunya’s Makârim-ul-Akllâq, but its narrators are also unreliable.

Therefore, all these narrations are extremely weak. In fact, Allâmah Suyûtî and Allâmah Ibn ‘Arrâq have classified it as a fabrication, as both have narrated the Hadīth in their books on fabricated Ahâdîth; Az-Ziyâdât ‘Alâ al-Mawdhû’ât and Tanzihu-sh-Sharî’ah respectively.

Thus there’s no way this report is reliable, this hadith is not ‘just weak’, it’s an extremely weak hadith, thus unquotable (click here to see why).

Obeying parents is of course not the matter here, one must respect parents, I am only highlighting the fact this hadith is not in sahih muslim and in fact cannot be quoted due to its high weakness.

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