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A fabricated hadeeth about the virtue of paying two rak‘ahs after ghusl following menses.

Published: 02/01/2011 03:10:00 PM GMT
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I got an e-mail which quoted a hadeeth from the Messenger (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him): “If a woman does ghusl following her menses and prays two rak‘ahs in which she recites al-Faatihah and Soorat al-Ikhlaas three times in each rak‘ah, she will be forgiven every sin she committed, minor or major, and no sin will be recorded for her until her next period, and she will be given the reward of sixty martyrs…” Is this a saheeh hadeeth?

Praise be to Allaah.

There is no basis for this hadeeth and it is not mentioned in the well-known books of hadeeth. Rather it was mentioned by Shaykh ‘Abd al-Rahmaan al-Safoori (d. 894 AH) in his book Nuzhat al-Majaalis wa Muntakhab al-Nafaa’is (p. 240), where he said: 

It was narrated from the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him): “If a woman does ghusl following her menses and prays two rak‘ahs in which she recites al-Faatihah and Soorat al-Ikhlaas three times in each rak‘ah, she will be forgiven every sin she committed, minor or major, and no sin will be recorded for her until her next period, and she will be given the reward of sixty martyrs, a city will be built for her in Paradise, she will be given light for every hair on her head, and if she dies before her next menses she will die as a martyr.” End quote. 

The fact that this is the only book that mentions this hadeeth is sufficient to prove that it is false and fabricated, because it is a book that is filled with false reports. Shaykh Muhammad Rasheed Rida said: 

We cannot rely on the hadeeths with which books of exhortation, heart-softening reports and tasawwuf (Sufism) are filled, without examining their origins and degrees of authenticity. This ruling does not apply only to books whose authors are not known for having advanced in knowledge, such as the book Nuzhat al-Majaalis, which is filled with fabricated hadeeths and other reports; rather even the books of some leading scholars, such as al-Ihya’, are not free of many fabricated reports. End quote. 

Majallat al-Manaar, 3/545 

And Allah knows best.


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