in his commentary on [al-Qadi `Iyad's] al-Shifa'.8 So did al-Mulla `Ali al-Qari in his, adding:"Al-Harith ibn Usama narrated it in his Musnad with a sound chain."9 Ibn Hajar alsomentioned it in al-Matalib al-`Alya.10 This hadith also came to us through another, mursal way from [the Tabi`î] Bakr ibn `Abd Allah al-Muzani. The hadith master Isma`il al-Qadi narrated it in his monograph on the invocation of blessings on the Prophet , and Shaykh al-Albani said about it: "Mursal sahîh."11 The hadith master Ibn `Abd al-Hadi declared it sound (sahîh)despite his excessive rigor and harshness in his book al-Sarim al-Munki. After all this evidence,does any meddler have anything left to say? The hadith is undoubtedly sound, and no-onequestions its authenticity.
[NOTES to the above are as follows:
5. Al-`Iraqi, Tarh al-Tathrib (3:297).
6. Al-Haythami, Majma` al-Zawa'id (9:24 #91).
7. Al-Munawi in Fayd al-Qadir (3:401) only reported al-`Iraqi's words "Its narrators are the men of the Sahih except for `Abd al-Majid ibn Abi Rawwad who, despite being retained by Muslim as anarrator and being declared trustworthy (thiqa) by Ibn Ma`in and al-Nasa'i, was declared weak bysome." Al-Munawi then went on to criticize al-Suyuti's unmitigated authentication of the narration in Manahil al-Safa although al-Suyuti is correct.
8. Al-Khafaji, Sharh al-Shifa' (1:102).
9. Al-Qari, Sharh al-Shifa' (1:102), referring to the mursal hadith of Bakr al-Muzani.
10Ibn Hajar, al-Matalib al-`Alya (4:22).
11In his edition of Isma`il al-Qadi's Fadl al-Salat `ala al-Nabi - Allah bless and greet him - (p. 37),after which he goes on to say that the hadith is weak, as in his Silsila Da`ifa (#979). ]
Shaykh GF Haddad
adds to the above in his footnote to the above Hadith:
Narrated from Ibn Mas`ud by al-Bazzar in his Musnad (1:397) with a sound chain as stated byal-Suyuti in Manahil al-Safa (p. 31 #8) and al-Khasa'is al-Kubra (2:281), al-Haythami (9:24#91), and al-`Iraqi in Tarh al-Tathrib (3:297) - his last book, as opposed to al-Mughni`an Haml al-Asfar (4:148) where he questions the trustworthy rank of one of the narrators in al-Bazzar's