‘Ali’s (radiyallahu ‘anhu) statement regarding women in the marketplace

Question

Is this narration authentic?

‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “Do you not grow jealous! When you let your wives walk among men and see each other!

 

Answer

The following narration is recorded in Musnad Ahmad (Zawaid ‘Abdullah ibn Imam Ahmad):

Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said: “Do you not feel possessive jealousy/feel shy that your wives emerge [from your homes]? It has reached me that your women are going to the marketplaces crowding with burly men?”

(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 1 pg. 133)

 

The narration is suitable to quote. Also see annotations of Shaykh Ahmad Shakir on Musnad Ahmad, Hadith: 1118

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar