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Sunan Abi Dawood 3963
Narrated AbuHurayrah:

The Prophet ﷺ said: The child of adultery is worst of the three.

Abu Hurairah said: That I give a flog in the path of Allah (as a charity) is dearer to me than emancipating a child of adultery.
حَدَّثَنَا إِبْرَاهِيمُ بْنُ مُوسَى، أَخْبَرَنَا جَرِيرٌ، عَنْ سُهَيْلِ بْنِ أَبِي صَالِحٍ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏
"‏ وَلَدُ الزِّنَا شَرُّ الثَّلاَثَةِ ‏"‏ ‏.‏ وَقَالَ أَبُو هُرَيْرَةَ لأَنْ أُمَتِّعَ بِسَوْطٍ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ أَحَبُّ إِلَىَّ مِنْ أَنْ أَعْتِقَ وَلَدَ زِنْيَةٍ ‏.‏

Classification

Sahih (Authentic)

References

• Sunan Abi Dawood 3963
• Sunan Abi Dawood Vol. 4, Book of The Book of Manumission of Slaves, Hadith 3952
• Sunan Abi Dawood, Book of The Book of Manumission of Slaves, Hadith 3952