Weak Hadith: “Whoever adheres to my sunnah when my ummah is corrupt will have the reward of a martyr.”

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever adheres to my sunnah when my ummah is corrupt will have the reward of a martyr.” Narrated by al-Tabaraani in al-Awsat (2/31) and from him by Abu Nu’aym in Hilyat al-Awliya’ (8/200).

There are two faults in its isnaad:

1 – ‘Abd al-Majeed ibn ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Abi Rawaad was the only narrator of this hadeeth, and this is not acceptable.

2 – Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Adhri is unknown (majhool). Al-Haythami said in Majma’ al-Zawaa’id(1/172): I did not find anyone who wrote his biography.

Hence it was classed as da’eef (weak) by Shaykh al-Albaani (may Allaah have mercy on him) in al-Silsilah al-Da’eefah (327).

It was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“Whoever adheres to my Sunnah when my ummah is corrupt will have the reward of a hundred martyrs.”

Narrated by Ibn ‘Adiyy in al-Kaamil (2/327). Its isnaad is very weak (da’eef jiddan). It includes al-Hasan ibn Qutaybah, who is matrook al-hadeeth (i.e., his hadeeth is not accepted). See his biography in Lisaan al-Mizaan (2/246). It was also classed as da’eef by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Da’eefah (326).

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