The Hadith: 'Those who neglect Salah...'

Q: My question is regarding the authenticity of the following Hadith: It was narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: (Those who neglect Salah (Prayer), will be punished by Allah with fifteen punishments. Six of the punishments are in the worldly life, three at the time of death, three in the grave and three on resurrection. The six that afflict the person in the worldly life:1- Allah takes away blessings from their age. 2- Allah erases the signs of piety from their face. 3- They will not receive reward from Allah for any good act they do. (Part No. 4; Page No. 469) 4- Their supplication will not be uplifted to heaven. 5- They will be detested by all creatures in the worldly life. 6- They will have no share in the supplications of righteous people.The three that afflict them at the time of death: 1- They die humiliated. 2-They die hungry. 3- They die thirsty, even if they drink the water of all seas.The three that afflict them in the grave: 1- Allah tightens their graves and presses them till their ribs smash. 2- Allah sets fire with embers in their grave. 3- Allah empowers a great snake called “Al-Shuja‘ Al-Aqra‘” to strike them for abandoning Subh (Dawn) Prayer from morning time till noon, and for missing Zhuhr (Noon) Prayer from noon time till afternoon and so on... So that every time it (the snake) strikes them, they sink seventy yards under the earth.Finally, the three that afflict them on the Day of Resurrection: 1- Allah will authorize one to drag them in Hellfire on their faces. (Part No. 4; Page No. 470) 2- Allah will look at them with anger at the time of Judgment so much so that the flesh of their face will fall down. 3- Allah (Exalted be He) will punish them severely and no one will be able to help them, then Allah will order them to be thrown in Hellfire; the worst place for settlement.)


A: This Hadith is Batil (False), Al-Hafizh Ibn Hajar said in [Al-Lisan]: This Hadith was fabricated by Muhammad ibn ‘Aly ibn Al-`Abbas Al-Baghdady Al-`Attar, who claimed that Abu Bakr ibn Ziyad Al-Naysabury reported it on the authority of Al-Rabi‘ on the authority of Al-Shafi‘y on the authority of Malik on the authority of Sumay on the authority of Abu Salih on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who narrated it from the Prophet (peace be upon him): (Those who neglect Salah will be punished by Allah with fifteen punishments...). This Hadith is clearly false; it is among the Hadiths (fabricated by) the Sufis. This was also the opinion of Al-Dhahaby in [Al-Mizan].May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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