On the authority of Abd al-Rahman ibn Samura (may Allah be pleased with him), who said:
The Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) came to us one day and said:
I have seen (in my dream) last night something wondrous: I saw a man from my ummah crawling on the al-Sirat Bridge. Then he began to drag himself forward. Then he almost fell and was hanging from it. At that point, his invocation of salawat upon me came and took him by his hand and stood him firmly on the al-Sirat until he crossed it….I also saw a man down on his knees. Between himself and the Lord there was a veil. His good character came and took him by the hand and allowed him to enter the presence of Allah.
عَنْ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنِ سَمُرَةَ قَالَ خَرَجَ عَلَينا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فقال: إِنِّي رَأَيْتُ الْبَارِحَةَ عَجَبًا رَأَيْتُ رَجُلا مِنْ أُمَّتِي يَزْحَفُ عَلَى الصِّرَاطِ مَرَّةً ، وَيَجْثُو مَرَّةً ، وَيَتَعَلَّقُ مَرَّةً ، فَجَاءَتْهُ صَلاتُهُ عَلَيَّ فَأَخَذَتْ بِيَدِهِ فَأَقَامَتْهُ عَلَى الصِّرَاطِ حَتَّى جَاوَزَ…ورأيت رجلا من أمتي جاثيا على ركبتيه بينه وبين الله حجاب فجاءه حسن خلقه فأخذ بيده فأدخله على الله تعالى
[Narrated by Abu Musa al-Madini in al-Targhib; al-Hakim al-Tirmidhi in Nawadir al-Usul; Al-Tabarani in al-Kabir, and many others. It was quoted from them by Ibn al-Qayyim in Kitab al-Ruh, al-Suyuti in al-Jami’ al-Saghir, and others.]
However, in one narration the Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said “love of me (mahabbati)” rather than “good character,” is what took the person by the hand into the presence of Allah:
I also saw a man down on his knees. Between himself and the Lord there was a veil. His love of me came and took him by the hand and allowed him to enter the presence of Allah.
ورأيت رجلاً جاثياً على ركبتيه وبينه وبين الرب حجاب فجاءته محبتي فأخذت بيده وأدخلته على الله
[This is quoted by al-Sakhawi in al-Qawl al-Badi’ from al-Qadi Abu Ya’la al-Hanbali’s Ibtal al-Ta’wilat. Abu Ya’la in turn stated that this was the narration of Ahmad ibn Ishaq al-Sibghi in Kitab al-Asma’ wa-l-Sifat]
…and Allah knows best.
– Imam al-Dhahabi stated that this hadith is weak. However, the great hadith master, ‘Shaykh al-Muhaddithin’ (Shaykh of the Hadith Masters) Abu Musa al-Madini (d. 581), who narrated it in Targhib, said: ‘This is a most excellent hadith (hadha hadithun hasanun jiddan).’ Ibn al-Qayyim also wrote in al-Wabil al-Sayyib, in the 93rd section related to dhikr: ‘I heard … Ibn Taymiyya extoll the greatness of this hadith and say, “The usul (sources/principles) of the Sunna testify to it, and it is one of the best hadiths (wa huwa min ahsan al-ahadith).” In studying the narration of al-Hakim al-Tirmidhi, Shaykh Nur al-Din Buyajalar wrote that the hadith would be classified as Hasan if it wasn’t for one person in the chain about whom nothing is known. However, all the other chains back it up and raise it back to the status of Hasan.
– The hadith expert Imam al-Sakhawi, the most dedicated student of Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani, and the author of many works in hadith science, wrote in al-Qawl al-Badi’ fi-l-salat ala-l-habib al-shafi’:
The Knower of Allah, Shaykh Abu Thabit Muhammad ibn Abd al-Malik al-Daylami wrote in his book Usul madhahib al-urafa billah something to the effect that this hadith, though it is gharib according to the scholars of hadith, is authentic without any doubt. He obtained certain knowledge of its authenticity through unveiling (kashf) in a number of spiritual experiences and states. And Allah knows best.
– Ahmad ibn Ishaq al-Sibghi al-Shafi’i (d. 342 A.H.) was: Shaykh al-Islam, the imam, allama, mufti, and muhaddith. He was a great jurist and was outstanding in the science of the hadith. Among his students was Abu Abdallah al-Hakim, author of the Mustadrak.