THE LONGEST CHAIN FOUND IN BUKHARI

حدثنا أبو اليمان أخبرنا شعيب عن الزهري ( ح ) . وحدثنا إسماعيل حدثني أخي عن سليمان عن محمد بن أبي عتيق عن ابن شهاب عن عروة بن الزبير أن زينب بنت أبي سلمة حدثته عن أم حبيبة بنت أبي سفيان عن زينب بنت جحش
: أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم دخل عليها يوما فزعا يقول ( لا إله إلا الله ويل للعرب من شر قد اقترب فتح اليوم من ردم يأجوج ومأجوج مثل هذه ) . وحلق بإصبعيه الإبهام والتي تليها قالت زينب بنت جحش فقلت يا رسول الله أفنهلك وفينا الصالحون ؟ قال ( نعم إذا كثر الخبث )

Abul Yamaan narrated to us, [he said:] Shu’ayb narrated to us on the authority of az Zuhree. [1] Isma’eel narrated to us, [he said:] [2] my brother narrated to me on the authority of [3] Sulaymaan, on the authority of [4] Muhammad ibn Abee ‘Ateeq, on the authority of [5] ibn Shihaab, on the authority of [6]‘Urwah ibn az Zubayr that [7] Zaynab bint Abee Salamah narrated to him on the authority of [8] Ummu Habeebah bint Abee Sufyaan on the authority of [9]  Zainab bint Jahsh, She said: The Prophet got up from his sleep with a flushed red face and said, “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah. Woe to the Arabs, from the Great evil that is nearly approaching them. Today a gap has been made in the wall of Gog and Magog like this.” (Sufyan illustrated by this forming the number 90 or 100 with his fingers.) It was asked, “Shall we be destroyed though there are righteous people among us?” The Prophet said, “Yes, if Al-Khabath {1} increased.”

{ Sahih Al-Bukhari​, Book Of Al-Fitan, Hadith no.7059  Or  6716 }

{1} The word  A1-Khabath is  interpreted as illegal sexual intercourse, and illegitimate children and every kind of evil, i.e, the majority of people will indulge in evil deeds and act against Islamic law. (See  Fath Al-Bari).

وَهَذَا السَّنَد كُلّه مَدَنِيُّونَ ، وَهُوَ أَنْزَل مِنْ الَّذِي قَبْلَهُ بِدَرَجَتَيْنِ ، وَيُقَال إِنَّهُ أَطْوَل سَنَدًا فِي الْبُخَارِيّ فَإِنَّهُ تُسَاعِيّ ، وَغَفَلَ الزَّرْكَشِيُّ فَقَالَ : فِيهِ أَرْبَع نِسْوَة صَحَابِيَّات ، وَلَيْسَ كَمَا قَالَ ، بَلْ فِيهِ ثَلَاثَة كَمَا قَدَّمْت إِيضَاحه فِي أَوَائِل الْفِتَن

Al Haafidh Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) states in Fath Al-Bahri :All of the individuals in this chain are from Madeenah, and this chain is longer than the one before it by two narrators. It is said that it is the longest chain with al Bukhaaree, it has nine narrators in it. Az Zarkashee erred when he stated that this chain consists of four female companions, it is not so, rather there are only three female companions as I already clarified in the beginning of the ‘Book of Fitan’.

Source : http://library.islamweb.net/newlibrary/display_book.php?idfrom=13054&idto=13057&bk_no=52&ID=3927

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