I would like to know if there is a Hadith where Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) prohibited that water be the first thing drunk in the morning on an empty stomach as this causes different types of illnesses. I received a message saying it is mentioned in Tabarani.
Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded the Hadith in question twice:
1) Sayyiduna Abu Sa’id Al Khudri (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
“Whomsoever drinks water on an empty stomach, his strength will decrease”
(Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 4643)
However this narration has been transmitted via a very weak chain.
(Refer: Al Kamil, vol. 9 pg. 353, Lisanul Mizan, vol. 7 pg. 496 -7390-)
2) In a lengthy Hadith, Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
“…Whomsoever drinks water on an empty stomach, his strength will decrease…”
(Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 6553)
This Hadith has also been transmitted via a very weak chain.
(Refer: Al Mughni Fid Du’afa, vol. 1 pg. 583. Also see: Kitabud Du’afa of Imam ‘Uqayli, vol. 4 pg. 388 -1338-, Al ‘Ilalul Mutanahiyah, Hadith: 1176 and Lisanul Mizan, vol. 6 pg. 58 -5566-)
Hafiz Ibn ‘Asakir (rahimahullah) has also recorded this narration with slight variation in the wording, via his chain of narrators which goes through Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah)’s teacher. After citing the narration he states:
“This is a strange chain of narrators and a strange text” [Gharibul isnadi wal matn]
(Tarikh Ibn ‘Asakir, vol. 24 pg. 456)
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