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Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would become happy with a good name

Question

Could you mention the reference of this Hadith?

كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا سأل عن اسم الرجل وكان حسنا، عرف ذلك في وجهه، وإن كان غير ذلك كرهه، فإذا نزل بالقرية سأل عن اسمها، فإن كان اسمها حسنا سر بذلك، وإن كان غير ذلك رئي ذلك في وجهه

 

Answer

Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded these words with a suitable chain.

(Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 4701, Al Mu’jamul Kabir; Refer: Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 8 pg. 47)

 

Imam Abu Dawud and Imam Ahmad (rahimahumallah) have recorded slightly different words. Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) has declared the chain in Abu Dawud sound (hasan).

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 3915, Musnad Ahmad, vol. 5 pg. 347-348, Fathul Bari, Hadith: 5756, vol. 10 pg. 215. Also see: Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 5827)

 

Translation

When Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) questioned someone regarding their name and the name was a good name, the [happiness] would be visible on Nabi’s (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) face. If the name was not [a good name] he would dislike it. When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would go to a town he would enquire regarding its name. If the name was good, he would become happy and if it [was not good] the [displeasure] would be seen on his face.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar