In the following Hadith does ذو السويقتين refer to one individual or does it refer to an entire tribe/group of people?
يخرب الكعبة ذو السويقتين من الحبشة
Imams Bukhari and Muslim (rahimahumallah) have recorded this Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu).
(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 1591, 1596 and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2909)
In this particular Hadith, it is referring to one person. However, from other Hadiths, we understand that he will also have his tribe with him.
(Refer: Fathul Bari, Hadith: 1595/1596, ‘Umdatul Qari, Hadith: 1591 and Fathul Mulhim, Hadith: 7265)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
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