Is the following Hadeeth authentic: "Anyone who revives my Sunnah during the corruption of my Ummah will gain the reward of one hundred martyrs"?
All perfect praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and messenger.
We did not find the Hadeeth in question with the exact wording mentioned, however we found it with another wording which reads: "Anyone who adheres to my Sunnah during the corruption of my Ummah will gain the reward of one hundred martyrs." [Al-Bayhaqi]
The wording of another version that was narrated by At-Tabaraani on the authority of Abu Hurayrah states that: "…he will gain the reward of a martyr."
Al-Albaani graded the first narration as very Dha‘eef and the second narration as Dha‘eef.
Many preachers and Imaams frequently quote this Hadeeth, however they should be alerted that it is impermissible to attribute to the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, any saying that does not have a Saheeh or Hasan status.
Allaah Knows best.
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