Grading of the Hadith: “O Allah, bless us in Rajab and Sha‘baan, and let us reach Ramadan.:”

Zaa’idah ibn Abi ar-Ruqaad who said: Ziyaad al-Numayri told us, from Anas ibn Maalik who said: When Rajab began, the Messenger of Allah (blessing and peace of Allah be upon him) said:

اَللّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا فِى رَجَبٍ وَ شَعْبَانَ وَ بَلِّغْنَا رَمَضَان

“O Allah, bless us in Rajab and Sha‘baan, and let us reach Ramadan.”

It was narrated by ‘Abdullah, the son of Imam Ahmad, in Zawaa’id al-Musnad (2346), at-Tabaraani in al-Awsat (3939), al-Bayhaqi in ash-Shu‘ab (3534) and Abu Nu‘aym in al-Hilyah (6/269).

The hadeeth was classed as da‘eef by Imam an-Nawawi in al-Adhkaar (p. 189) and Ibn Rajab in Lataa’if al-Ma‘aarif (p. 121). It was also classed as da‘eef by Shaykh Albaani in Da‘eef al-Jaami‘ (4395).

1) Ziyaad al-Numayri is da‘eef and was classed as such by Yahya Ibn Ma‘een.

Imam Abu Haatim ar-Raazi said: “He cannot be quoted as evidence.”

Imam Ibn Hibbaan mentioned him in ad-Du‘afa’ and said: “It is not permissible to quote him as evidence.”
Refer to Mizaan al-I‘tidaal (2/91)

2) Zaa’idah ibn Abi ar-Ruqaad is more weak than Ziyaad al-Numayri.

Imam Abu Haatim ar-Raazi said: He narrated from Ziyaad al-Numayri, from Anas, odd marfoo‘ hadeeths, which we know only from him or from Ziyaad.

Imam Bukhaari said: “His hadeeths are odd.” He also said: “Al-Bukhaari said: His hadeeth is odd, and a number of scholars regarded him as ignorant.

Imam Ibn Hibbaan said: “He narrates odd hadeeths from well-known people and his reports cannot be quoted as evidence or written down, except for the purpose of giving an example (of a weak hadeeth).”

Ibn ‘Adiyy said: “al-Miqdami and others narrated from him obscure hadeeths, and some of his hadeeths contain odd material.”

Al-Haythami said: It was narrated by al-Bazzaar, and its isnaad includes Zaa’idah ibn Abi ar-Ruqaad.
Refer to Tahdheeb at-Tahdheeb (3/305-306) and Majma‘ az-Zawaa’id (2/165)

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