Ibn Mas’ud on Martyrs: The martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad

Abi al-Ahwas reported: Abdullah ibn Mas’ud, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Were I to swear by Allah nine times that the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, had been killed, that is more beloved to me than swearing once that he was not killed, for Allah Almighty took his Prophet and made him a martyr.”

Source: Musnad Aḥmad 3606

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Ahmad Shakir

عَنْ أَبِي الْأَحْوَصِ عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بن مسعود رضي الله عنه قَالَ لَأَنْ أَحْلِفَ تِسْعًا أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قُتِلَ قَتْلًا أَحَبُّ إِلَيَّ مِنْ أَنْ أَحْلِفَ وَاحِدَةً أَنَّهُ لَمْ يُقْتَلْ وَذَلِكَ أَنَّ اللَّهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ جَعَلَهُ نَبِيًّا وَاتَّخَذَهُ شَهِيدًا

3606 مسند أحمد مسند المكثرين من الصحابة

3617 المحدث شعيب الأرناؤوط خلاصة حكم المحدث إسناده صحيح على شرط مسلم في تخريج المسند