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Sahabah eagerly collecting the left over wudu water of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)

Question

What is the meaning of the following words in a Hadith of Sahih Muslim: ‘Famin nailin wa nadihin

 

Answer

The words in question appear in the following Hadith:

“Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was in a red leather tent in Al Abtah. Sayyiduna Bilal (radiyallahu ‘anhu) stepped out with Nabi’s (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) ablution water. Some Sahabah managed to get [the left over water of Nabi sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and wiped it on themselves] and then sprinkled [whatever moistness remained on their hands on those who didn’t get the water]”

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 503)

Nail refers to those who managed to get the water, and nadih refers to those who sprinkled water on the Sahabah who did not get access to the water.

(Refer: Al Minhaj of ‘Allamah Nawawi, Hadith: 1119 and Fathul Mulhim, Hadith: 1104)

 

The very next Hadith in Sahih Muslim, clearly mentions the above explanation.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar