I have read a hadith somewhere which says something like

Anas bin Malik said, "The Prophet used to visit all his wives in a round, during the day and night and they were eleven in number." I asked Anas, "Had the Prophet the strength for it?" Anas replied, "We used to say that the Prophet was given the strength of thirty (men)." And Sa`id said on the authority of Qatada that Anas had told him about nine wives only (not eleven)

Is this hadith authentic?

  • This is authentic but it is one of those hadith that is misinterpreted. I will post my brief answer explaining it rightly. So please make sure you check my answer, okay?
    – Ren
    Sep 26, 2021 at 23:49
  • The hadith is regarded as authentic because it is mentioned in Sahih al-Bukhari, but it is a hadith on which there's a disputed especially contemporary scholars raised on the content.
    – Medi1Saif
    Sep 27, 2021 at 15:32
  • @Medi1Saif - Thanks for commenting. May I know what kind of dispute was raised? Dispute regarding its authenticity?
    – Ren
    Sep 27, 2021 at 21:35
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    @Ren one could say the second version of Sahih al-Bukhari has a less reliable narrator, but that isn't the point of discussion. Some "scholars" rather found such an information as rather disrespectful or giving a strange, wrong or bad picture of our prophet. Further this "hadith" nowhere confirms that the prophet did so, as it is a report of Anas a young men of between 10-21 years. Certainly in the hadith commentaries scholars discussed what might be regarded as a bad picture saying that this statement doesn't say that he () used to do so regularly as he also used to perform salat al-Layl.
    – Medi1Saif
    Sep 28, 2021 at 9:40
  • @Medi1Saif - I really like the point you raised about Salah- al-layl. I will be posting my answer soon about this in the answer section of this post, and I would appreciate it if you can mention the name of scholars who had doubts about the Matn of this particular hadith.
    – Ren
    Sep 30, 2021 at 12:28

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Asalaam Alaikum

the hadith you have mentioned is narrated in sahih bukhari and it is one of the most authentic works of hadith. below is a link for reference;


there is another narration in bukhari,

see : https://sunnah.com/bukhari:284

both these hadith are graded 'sahih' (authentic).

and there is one more similar hadith narrated in sunan an-nasai and it is also sahih.

see : https://sunnah.com/nasai:3198

may Allah the mighty and sublime grant you mercy and guide you to the straight path.

Allah knows best

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