Answered by: Maulana Mujahid Hussain
Is the following Hadith Fabricated?
"If someone reads Ayatul Kursi after wudu he will be raised 70 times in rank"
In the name of Allah the most Beneficent, the most Merciful
After searching for the Hadith , I’m afraid I could not find it in any books of Hadith. It is not in the six authentic books of Hadith and nor in any other compilation. The only book where I could find the Hadith is in نزهة المجالس ومنتخب النفائس. This is a book on virtues of good deeds written by Imam Abdur Rahman Asafoori from the Islamic 9th century. However the Imam seems to have quoted many weak and fabricated narrations in this book without any references or any chains.
There is an another report with similar wordings. It is mentioned in kanzul- Ummal quoting from Musnad-Firdoos of Daylami .
"مسند ابن عمر" الديلمي أنا أحمد بن نضر حدثنا أحمد ابن نيال ثنا الحسين بن عمر حدثنا محمد بن عبد الله الشافعي حدثنا محمد بن سليمان الباغندي، حدثنا مقاتل، حدثنا فضل بن عبيد عن سفيان الثوري عن عبيد الله العمري عن نافع عن ابن عمر رفعه: "من قرأ آية الكرسي على أثر وضوئه أعطاه الله عز وجل ثواب أربعين عالما ورفع له أربعين درجة وزوجه أربعين حوراء
This chain contains a narratorمقاتل بن سليمان who is accused of fabricating Hadiths.
Imam Zahabi in Mizaan Itidaal quoting from Imam Nasaaie that “ he is a fabricator of Hadiths “
Ibn Hajar said about him in Taqreeb “ they have accused him of lying and have abandoned his narration “
Imam Abu Dawood said “ They have abandoned his narration “
Imam Bukhari said “ his narration are rejected and strange “
Furthermore, the scholars of Hadiths consider this narration to be fabricated. Some of the scholars compiled books where they recorded only fabricated narration and they listed this Hadith amongst them .
This Hadith is quoted inتنزيه الشريعة المرفوعة عن الأخبار الشنيعة الموضوعة by Ibn Eraaq Al kinaani.
It is also inتذكرة الموضوعات للفتني by the great Indian scholar Muhammad Tahir Fattani
It is also mentioned by Imam As shokani in his book الفوائد المجموعة this is another book which collected fabricated Hadiths.
Only Allah Knows best.
Written by Maulana Mujahid Hussain
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Hadith Birmingham