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A lengthy unreliable Hadith on cure with rainwater

Question

Please assist with the reference and classification of the following narration.

It has become very popular on social media.

 The Most Wonderful Remedy

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“Jibraeel taught me a medicine which obviates the need for any other medicine or for a physician.”

 

Hadhrat Abu Bakr, Hadhrat Umar, Hadhrat Uthmaan and Hadhrat Ali (radhiyallahu anhum) eagerly asked: “And, what is that medicine? We are in need of it.”

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Take some rainwater and recite on it Surah Faatihah, Surah Ikhlaas, Surah Falaq, Surah Naas and Aayatul Kursi. Each one seventy times (and blow on the water). Then drink of this water morning and evening for seven days.

I take oath by That Being Who has sent me as the Nabi with the Haqq! Jibraeel said to me: ‘Verily, whoever drinks from this water Allah will eliminate from his body every disease and protect him against all sicknesses and pains. Whoever gives it to his wife to drink, then sleeps with her, she will become pregnant by the permission of Allah. It cures the eyes, eliminates sihr (magic), cures chest pains, toothache and urine stoppage, etc.,..” (End of Hadith)

 

Answer

A similar narration appears in the following non primary sources:

Jami’ul Usool, Hadith: 5655

Jam’ul Fawaid, Hadith: 7539

Both of the above sources do not mention the chain for this narration. They reference this narration to ‘Razin’.

(Also see: Taysirul Wusul, vol.3 pg.100)

Razin ibn Mu’awiyah (rahimahullah) is an Andalusian scholar from the sixth century – Demise: 535 A.H.

His book: ‘Tajridus Sihah’ is famous. However, he doesn’t usually cite the chains for his narrations.

One will frequently notice senior latter-day Muhaddithun stating that they were unable to locate several narrations that Razin had cited in his book.

‘Allamah Dhahabi (rahimahullah) writes:

‘He added in his books some very unreliable narrations. He would have done better had he kept his book free of them!’

(Siyar A’lamin Nubala, vol.20 pg.205)

 

One should avoid quoting the above narration for the following reasons:

1. The chain of this narration is yet to be located.

Once it is located, it needs to be verified. Some people have a misconception that the existence of a chain is sufficient to render it acceptable. This is a myth! The reliability of a narration will be judged according to the strength of the chain.

2. This narration has been sourced from Razin’s book, which has many unreliable narrations as explained above.

3. This narration has exaggerations which are usually found in fabricated Hadiths (mawdu’)

4. The popular, reliable Hadith sources have no mention of this Hadith.

5. To quote a Hadith like the above puts one in danger of transmitting unreliable Hadiths, since there is a real chance of it being a fabrication.

Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) has strictly warned against spreading fabrications.

 

In such a situation, caution demands that we abstain from spreading, sharing or publicizing this narration.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar