What is the degree of authenticity of the following Hadith,
“When you see a man regularly frequenting the Masjid (mosque), testify that he is a believer.”
This Hadith was narrated by Imam
Abu Sa‘id Al-Khudry from the Prophet (peace be upon him).
Al-Tirmidhy declared that it is Hadith Hasan Gharib (a good Hadith that is strange to come from this chain of narration).
Al-Hakim declared that it is an authentic Egyptian narration.
Al-Dhahaby traced its reporters and found that they include
Darraj ibn Sam‘an who frequently narrated Hadith Munkar (rejected Hadith reported by a weak narrator whose narration conflicts with an authentic Hadith). Mughaltay, in the book entitled Sharh Sunan
Ibn Majah declared that this Hadith is Da‘if (weak). In his book Al-Jami‘ Al-Saghir, Al-Suyuty indicated that it is Sahih (authentic).
Ahmad stated that any Hadith reported by Darraj is Munkar. At one place (Part No. 4; Page No. 444)
Al-Daraqutny said: Darraj is ranked as Da‘if (weak), and at another: Darraj is Matruk (a narrator whose Hadith transmission was discarded due to unreliability). Furthermore, his narration from
Abu Al-Haytham makes him of even weaker reliability than his narration from others.