Hadith on Shafa’a: The Prophet chooses intercession as mercy

Abdullah ibn Umar reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “I had a choice between the intercession and only half of my nation entering Paradise, so I chose the intercession, as it is broader and more fulfilling. Do you think it is for the righteous and the pure? No, rather it is for the sinners and the impure.

Source: al-Sunnah li-Ibn Abī ‘Āṣim 791

Grade: Jayyid (very good) according to Al-Haytami al-Makki

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عُمَرَ عَنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ خُيِّرْتُ بَيْنَ الشَّفَاعَةِ أَوْ نِصْفِ أُمَّتِي فِي الْجَنَّةِ فَاخْتَرْتُ الشَّفَاعَةَ لِأَنَّهَا أَعَمُّ وَأَكْفَى أَتُرَوْنَهَا لِلْمُتَّقِينَ الْمُنْتَقِينَ لَا وَلَكِنَّهَا لِلْخَاطِئِينَ الْمُتَلَوِّثِينَ

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