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A fabricated narration on loving ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu)

Question

Is this narration authentic?

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Loving ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu) eats up evil deeds just as fire eats wood”

 

Answer

This narration is recorded in Tarikh Baghdad and Tarikh Dimashq.

(Tarikh Baghdad, vol. 5 pg. 318, Tarikh Dimashq, vol. 42 pg. 244)

 

However, the Muhaddithun, including Hafiz Khatib Baghdadi (rahimahullah) have declared this narration a fabrication. It is therefore unauthentic and not suitable to quote.

(Tarikh Baghdad, vol. 5 pg. 318, Talkhisu Kitabil Mawdu’at, Hadith: 264, Lisanul Mizan, vol. 1 pg. 481/482, number: 545 and Tanzihush Shari’ah, vol. 1 pg. 355)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar