The Hadith: "I saw my Lord in The Best Image"
27-9-2003 | IslamWeb
I read that in At-Tirmizi and Musnad Ahmed there are Hadith in which it was stated that Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) had a dream in which he saw Allah in beautiful form and some angles are fighting on some issue. ...etc. This Hadith has different narrations and in each narration the words of Du'a are different. If you don't mind will you quote the full Hadith with correct narration please.
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.
At-Tirmizi (in his own phrasing), Ahmad , and ad-Darimi narrated from Ibn Abbas who had quoted the Prophet (peace be upon him) as having said: I saw my Lord the Almighty in the Best image (in a dream) and He said to me: 'O Muhammad ! Do you know what the Highest Group (of Angels) are arguing (amongst themselves) about?' I (the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam)) said: 'No'. He then laid His Hand between my shoulders and I felt Its coolness between my breasts (or he said; on my front neck). Thereupon I received knowledge of what is between the skies and the earth. He said again: 'Do you know what the Highest Group (of Angels) are arguing amongst themselves about? I said: "Yes". He said; '' About matters related to atonements, which are: staying in mosques after prayers, walking to the mosques on foot to perform congregational prayers, and making ablution in the proper way in spite of difficulties". Whoever does all these (good acts) will lead a virtuous life, die a virtuous death, and will be as free of sins as a newborn baby. Allah then said: "O Muhammad! If you perform prayers then say: 'O Allah! I ask you (to help me in) doing virtuous deeds, giving up evil deeds, bearing love for the needy people, and that if You decree to test Your worshippers with a hard trial, then take me to You (cause me to die) without being confounded by a trial'.
As for the levels (grades in Paradise), they are obtained by spreading greetings (the Islamic salutation: Assalamu Alaikum), feeding others (especially the poors'), and offering prayers during the night while people are asleep.
At-Tirmizi said: This is a strange, accepted Hadith. Some similar Ahadith in this matter are also narrated by Mu'ath Bin Jabal and Abdur-Rahman Bin 'Ayisha . Then he narrated Mu'ath's Hadith and then said: 'this is an accepted and authentic Hadith. And I asked Muhammad Bin Isma'el (i.e. al-Bukhari) about it and he said that it is accepted and authentic.
Al-Albani classified this Hadith as authentic in [As-Silsila As-Sahihah, Saheeh Al-Jami', Saheeh At-Targhib Wat-Tarhib, and in his commentary on Al-Mishkat].
Allah knows best.