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An unauthentic virtue of Mu’awiyah (radiyallahu ‘anhu)

Question

Is this narration authentic?

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) once consulted Abu Bakr and ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) regarding a certain matter. They were unable to give a suitable suggestion. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) then sent for Mu’awiyah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) saying: ‘Consult Mu’awiyah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) in your affairs since he is trustworthy and reliable.’

 

Answer

Imam Bazzar and Imam Tabarani (rahimahumallah) have recorded this narration on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Busr with slight variation in the wording.

(Musnad Bazzar, Hadith: 3507 and Musnadush Shamiyyin, Hadith: 1110)

 

However, Hafiz Haythami (rahimahullah) has declared the [text of this] Hadith very weak (munkar).

(Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 9 pg. 356)

 

Although this particular virtue is unauthentic, this does not decrease Sayyiduna Mu’awiyah (radiyallahu ‘anhu)’s status and virtue which has been proven in other narrations.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar