Accepting the excuse of a Muslim


Is this Hadith authentic?

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “If anyone offers an excuse to his Muslim brother and he does not accept the excuse [whereas this is a genuine excuse] then he becomes guilty of a sin like that of an unjust tax collector.”



Imam Ibn Majah (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith on the authority of Judan/Jawdan (radiyallahu ‘anhu). There is a difference of opinion if Judan was a Sahabi or Tabi’i.

(Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 3718)


‘Allamah Busiri (rahimahullah) states that narrators are reliable and the Hadith is mursal (where the Tabi’i omits his source).

(Zawaid Ibn Majah, Hadith: 1234-1235. Also see: Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 4 pg. 154)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar