What is the authenticity of these hadith recorded by Abu Dawud?
Narrated Al-Abbas ibn AbdulMuttalib: [the Apostle said:]… Above the seventh heaven there is a sea… Above that there are eight mountain goats… Then Allah, the Blessed and the Exalted, is above that. (Book #40, Hadith #4705)
Muhammad b. Jubair b. Mut’im said from his father on the authority of his grandfather: … He [the Apostle] said: …His throne is above the heavens thus(indicating with his fingers like a dome over him), and it groans on account of Him as a saddle does because of the rider.
… Abu Dawud said: This tradition with the chain of Ahmad b. Sa’ad is sound. It has been approved by the body (of traditionists) , which includes Yahya b. Ma’in and ‘Ali b. al-Madani, and a group has transmitted it from Ibn Ishaq, as Ahmad also said.
Hajj Gibril Haddad