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Hadeeth Concerning The Virtue Of Praying Forty Prayers In The Prophet’s Mosque

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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
Question

I heard that whoever prays forty
prayers in the Prophet’s Mosque, it
will be recorded that he is free of
hypocrisy. Is this hadeeth
(prophetic narration) saheeh
(authentic)?

Answer

Praise be to Allah.
This hadeeth was narrated by
Ahmad (12173) from Anas ibn Malik
(may Allah be pleased with him)
from the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allah be upon him), who
is reported to have said, “Whoever
prays forty prayers in my Mosque,
missing no prayer, it will be
recorded that he is safe from the
Fire, is saved from punishment and
is free of hypocrisy.” This is a da’eef
(weak) hadeeth.
This was mentioned by al-Shaykh al-
Albani in al-Silsilah al-Da’eefah
(364), who said: It is da’eef. He also
mentioned it in Da’eef al-Targheeb
(755) and said, it is munkar (a kind
of weak hadeeth).
Al-Albani said in his book Hujjat al-
Nabi (peace and blessings of Allah
be upon him) (p.185) that it is an
innovation (bid’ah) to visit
Madeenah and tell the visitors to
Madeenah to stay there for a week
so that they will be able to offer
forty prayers in the Prophet’s
Mosque so that they will be free
from hypocrisy and saved from the
Fire.
Al-Shaykh Ibn Baz said:
With regard to the widespread idea
that the visitor should stay for
eight days so that he can offer forty
prayers in the Mosque is wrong.
Although it says in some hadeeths,
“Whoever offers forty prayers
therein Allah will decree that he is
safe from the Fire and free from
hypocrisy,” this hadeeth is da’eef
according to the scholars and
cannot be taken as proof or relied
upon. There is no set limit for
visiting the Prophet’s Mosque. If a
person visits for an hour or two, or
a day or two, or for more than that,
there is nothing wrong with that.
Fatawa Ibn Baz, 17/406

Instead of this hadeeth we should
look at the hasan (sound) hadeeth
narrated by al-Tirmithi (241)
concerning the virtue of always
being present for the opening
takbeer (saying Allahu Akbar) of
prayer in congregation. It was
narrated that Anas ibn Malik (may
Allah be pleased with him) said: The
Messenger of Allah (peace and
blessings of Allah be upon him) said,
“Whoever prays for forty days with
the congregation, always being
present for the first takbeer, it will
be written that he will be safe from
two things: he will be safe from the
Fire and safe from hypocrisy.”
Classed as hasan by al-Albani in
Saheeh al-Tirmithi, 200.

The virtue mentioned in this
hadeeth is general and applies to
any mosque where prayers are
offered in congregation, in any land;
it does not apply only to al-Masjid
al-Haram [in Makkah] or al-Masjid
al-Nabawi [in Madeenah] in
particular.
Based on this, whoever consistently
prays forty days in congregation in
which he is present for the first
takbeer, it will be recorded that he
will be safe from two things: safe
from the Fire and safe from
hypocrisy, whether the mosque is in
Madeenah, Makkah or anywhere
else.

And Allah knows best.

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