Is this narration authentic? Hafs Ibn `Umar Al-Hawdi informed us that Abu Hamzah Ishaq Ibn Rabi` Al-Attar informed us on the authority of Al-Hasan, on the authority of `Utayyi, on the authority of Ubayyi Ibn Ka`b, that he said: Adam was tall, of brown complexion, and had curly hair, as on a high palm-tree.
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The hadeeth with the chain of narration mentioned in the question was cited by Ibn Saʻd in his book Tabaqaat Ibn Saʻd. It was also reported with a different chain of narration and cited by Ahmad in his book Az-Zuhd, Abu Ash-Shaykh in his book Al-ʻAthamah, and At-Tabraani in Musnad Ash-Shaamiyyeen with different chains of narration. It was also cited by Al-Bayhaqi in Al-Baʻth wan-Nushoor. Al-Haakim commented on it saying, “The chain of narration of this hadeeth is authentic, but Al-Bukhari and Muslim did not cite it.”
Al-Haafith Ibn Hajar declared it a hasan (good) hadeeth in his book Fat-h Al-Baari (6/367); he wrote, “It was narrated on the authority of Abu Haatim with a good chain of narration that Ubayy ibn Kaʻb reported a marfooʻ hadeeth (i.e. a hadeeth that is directly attributed to the Prophet, sallallaahu ʻalayhi wa sallam) reading, ‘Allaah created Aadam (Adam) a tall man with thick hair on his head as if he was a very tall palm-tree.’”
Some scholars, though, held that it is a mawqoof report (i.e. a hadeeth stopped at the level of the Companion). Ibn Katheer wrote, “It was narrated by Ibn Jareer and Ibn Marduwayh through different chains of narration on the authority of Al-Hasan that Ubayy ibn Kaʻb reported it on the authority of the Prophet, sallallaahu ʻalayhi wa sallam; however, the mawqoof report is the one with the most authentic chain of narration...”
He also wrote, “There is a missing link in the chain of narration between Al-Hasan and Ubayy ibn Kaʻb; Al-Hasan did not hear it directly from Ubayy ibn Kaʻb. Declaring it a marfooʻ hadeeth is also questioned (by hadeeth scholars).”
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