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Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: If you were to know, or if they were to know, what (excellence) lies in the first rows, there would have been drawing of lots (for filling them) ;
and Ibn Harb said: For (occupying) the first row there would have been drawing of lots.
حَدَّثَنَا إِبْرَاهِيمُ بْنُ دِينَارٍ، وَمُحَمَّدُ بْنُ حَرْبٍ الْوَاسِطِيُّ، قَالاَ حَدَّثَنَا عَمْرُو بْنُ الْهَيْثَمِ أَبُو قَطَنٍ، حَدَّثَنَا شُعْبَةُ، عَنْ قَتَادَةَ، عَنْ خِلاَسٍ، عَنْ أَبِي رَافِعٍ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏"‏ لَوْ تَعْلَمُونَ - أَوْ يَعْلَمُونَ - مَا فِي الصَّفِّ الْمُقَدَّمِ لَكَانَتْ قُرْعَةً ‏"‏ ‏.‏ وَقَالَ ابْنُ حَرْبٍ ‏"‏ الصَّفِّ الأَوَّلِ مَا كَانَتْ إِلاَّ قُرْعَةً ‏"‏ ‏.‏

Classification

Sahih (Authentic)

References

• Sahih Muslim, 439
• Sahih Muslim, Vol. 1, Book of Prayers, Hadith 880
• Sahih Muslim, Book of Prayers, Hadith 880