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A Hadith stating that people will regard nurturing a puppy better than upbringing a child

Question

Is this Hadith authentic?

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“A time will come when a person will regard nurturing and upbringing a puppy [dog] to be better than upbringing a child”

 

Answer

This narration has been recorded in a few Hadith collections with variations in the wording. However, ‘Allamah ibn Qayyim (rahimahullah) and other Muhaddithun have declared these narrations a fabrication.

‘Allamah ibn Qayyim (rahimahullah) states, “The narrations which dispraise and derogate children are all fabricated”.

(Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 3 pg. 343 with Talkhis of Hafiz Dhahabi, Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 10685, Al Mu’jamul Awsat, 4857, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 4 pg. 259, Al Manarul Munif with footnotes of Shaykh ‘Abdul Fattah -rahimahullah-, Hadith: 206-207, Tanzihush Shariah, vol. 2 pg. 211)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar