A Reliable Hadith?

Salamu aleykum,

I pray and hope your fine. I have a question about the following hadith:

وعن عائشة رضي الله عنها قالت: ” كان أحسن عباد الله عنقاً، لا ينسب إلى الطول ولا إلى القصر، ما ظهر من عنقه للشمس والرياح فكأنه إبريق فضة يشوب ذهباً يتلألأ في بياض الفضة وحمرة الذهب، وما غيب في الثياب من عنقه فما تحتها فكأنه القمر ليلة البدر “، أخرجه البيهقي وابن عساكر

Do you know if the hadith is reliable?

Jazakumu Allahu kharyan.


`Alaykum as-Salam,

It is part of a long hadith which al-Bayhaqi narrates in Dala’il al-Nubuwwa (1:298-304) and through him Ibn `Asakir in Tarikh Dimashq (3:356-363).

Its translation is:

And ‘Aa`ishah said: “Among all of Allah’s servants, his neck was the the most handsome, neither described as too long nor too short, the part of his neck exposed to the sun and wind [shone] like a silver ewer speckled with gold, the white of the silver shining through as did the red of the gold, and the part of his neck covered by his clothes was as if beneath it were the moon on the night of the full moon” narrated by al-Bayhaqi and ibn `Asakir.

Al-Bayhaqi said “it is narrated by Subayh b. `Abd Allah al-Farghani who is not well-known… except that it generally agrees with what we have narrated in the sound and well-known hadiths hence we narrated it, but we rely on the previous ones” – and it is confirmed by the numerous sound and fair reports and the poetry of the Companions in which the comparisons to bright light and lightning, pearls, and the moon recur.

Hajj Gibril Haddad

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