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“I have not been sent to sever ties”

Question

I have heard a Hadith wherein Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) told a Sahabi to kill his father. The Sahabi turned to go and kill his father, but Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) called him back.

Please provide the reference and authenticity.

 

Answer

Imam Tabarani, Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahumallah) and others have recorded this incident.

When Sayyiduna Talhah ibn Al Bara (radiyallahu ‘anhu) met Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), he said,’ O Rasulullah! Order me to do anything, I will never disobey.’ Since he was a youngster, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was amazed at his statement and said, ‘Go and kill your father.’ He turned around to go when Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) called him and said, ‘Come back for I have not been sent to sever ties.’

(Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 3554, Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 8164 and As Sunanul Kubra, vol. 9 pg. 27. Also see: Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 9 pg. 318)

 

‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) has declared the chain of Imam Tabarani sound (hasan).

(Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 3 pg. 37)

 

One version suggests that this occurred when he came to accept Islam.

(Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 8163)

 

This illustrious Sahabi had become ill during winter. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would visit him braving the cold. One night, just before he could leave this world, he instructed his family not to inform Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) of his death, as he was afraid that some animal would harm him or the Jews would attack him, when Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would come out to attend the funeral.

The next morning, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) stood by his grave, lifted his hands and said, ‘O Allah! Meet Talhah in the condition that you are pleased with him/smiling at him and he is pleased with you’

(Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 3554, Al Isabah, vol. 5 pg. 411 under the biography of Talhah ibn Al Bara radiyallahu ‘anhu and Fathul Bari, Hadith: 1247)

 

 

May Allah instill in our hearts the love of the illustrious companions of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

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