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Another version of the incident regarding Abu Dujanah

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I would like to know the authenticity of this story as there are two versions to it and which is the correct version?

One version is mentioned on your website here and the other version is as follows:

Abu Dujanah always used to pray behind Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). As soon as he would finish his Salah, he would immediately leave the Masjid. This caught the eyes of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) so one day he stopped him and asked: ‘O Abu Dujanah, don’t you need anything from Allah?” Abu Dujanah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) replied: ‘O Messenger of Allah, Yes I do. I can’t live without Allah even with a blink of an eye.’

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) asked: ‘So why don’t you stay with us after Salah and supplicate unto Allah?’ Abu Dujanah replied: ‘The reason is that I have a Jewish neighbour who has a date palm tree, and its branches come over into the courtyard of my house. So when the wind blows at night, the dates fall into my courtyard. That is why you see me coming out of the Masjid quickly, so as I can go and collect the dates and return them to the owner, before my kids wake up. Once they wake up, they will eat them as they are hungry. I swear to you, O Messenger of Allah, that one day I saw one of my children chewing the date, and I put my finger in his throat and took it out before he could swallow it. When my son cried, I said to him, ‘Do not disgrace your father in the hereafter.’ The child cried due to extreme hunger. I told him, ‘I will not allow haram to enter your belly even if you have to pass away.’

Hearing the story of Abu Dujanah, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and the Sahabah shed tears. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) then ordered ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) to gather the neighbours of Abu Dujanah. Once gathered, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, O you the owner of a tree whose trunk reaches your neighbour’s house, Abu Dujanah, I wish to buy your tree in exchange of ten palm trees in heaven, whose roots are from the green gem, the tree of gold, and the branches of the pearls, and a maiden [hur] for each of the dates in the tree.’ The owner of the tree who later became known as a hypocrite turned him down ‘I do not want to sell it at the price you promised in the hereafter, but if you want to buy it then I sell it for cash!”.

Hearing the words of the hypocrite, Abu Bakr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) immediately told the hypocrite, ‘I will purchase it now in exchange of ten of my best date palm trees that are unrivalled in the city of Medina.’ The hypocrite became happy and accepted the offer. He purchased it and gifted it to Abu Dujanah.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) told Abu Bakr (radiyallahu ‘anhu), ‘I guarantee you the exchange in Jannah. Hearing these words, Abu Bakr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) became extremely pleased and Abu Dujanah also was elated.

The hypocrite returns home and said to his wife ‘O my wife, I got a lot profit today, I have sold the palm tree to Abu Bakr in exchange of ten best palm trees in this city, but remember, the tree we are selling remains in our garden for ever and we will eat its fruit and not give any to the owner.

Allah willed otherwise for the next day the palm tree in the house of the hypocrite had moved to the home page of Abu Dujanah, as if the tree had never existed in the garden of the hypocrite!”

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The Famous Hadith on the benefit of salutations on Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam)

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The famous Hadith of Ubay ibn Ka’b on salawat on the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam):

عنه قال: قال رجل: يا رسول الله أرأيت إن جعلت صلواتي كلها عليك؟ قال: إذا يكفيك الله تبارك وتعالى ما أهمك من دنياك وآخرتك. قال المنذري: وإسناد هذه جيد. انتهى. قال القاري: وللحديث روايات كثيرة، وفي رواية قال: “إني أصلي من الليل” بدل “أكثر الصلاة عليك” فعلى هذا قوله فكم أجعل لك من صلاتي أي بدل صلاتي من الليل. انتهى.

1. I have seen this Hadith graded sahih, hasan, and even weak by different contemporary scholars which is a wide range of gradings. What is the grading of this Hadith bearing in mind that there are a number of shawahid that are similar as cited by Imam Sakhawi?

2. What is the response to those who consider this Hadith weak because of the narrator Muhammad ibn ‘Abdillah ibn ‘Aqil who apparently the majority say is weak?

3. When you look at the other chains without him having the same or almost similar wording is that a response to their claims? With all of the different chains wouldn’t it at the very least be hasan lighayrihi?

It is very important to know the accuracy of this Hadith in detail as it is the basis of the practice of many people in sending salawat for the relief of their worries.

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Allah has forgiven the evil promptings of the heart

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How authentic is this Hadith?

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Verily Allah has forgiven my ummah the evil promptings or desires of their hearts [i.e. the thought of carrying out a sin] as long as they do not act upon them or speak of them”

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Having honey three days a month

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Is this authentic?

“One should have a lick of honey on an empty stomach for the first three days of every month” It is a means of safety from all illnesses.

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An unreliable narration regarding intercession for those who love the progeny of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)

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What is authentic of this narration?

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“I will intercede for four people on the Day of Qiyamah; The person who honours my family, the person who sees to their needs, the person who makes an effort to fulfil their matters when they are in need and the person who truly loves them with his heart and [expresses it verbally as well].” Read More »

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) never howled with laughter

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Is this Hadith authentic?

Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) narrates:

“I never saw the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) laughing in such a way that his uvula (i.e. the soft fleshy tissue hanging in the back of the throat) became visible. He used to merely smile.”

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No Surah like Surah Fatihah has ever been revealed

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Is this Hadith authentic?

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said regarding Surah Fatihah:

“By the One in Whose Hand is my soul! The like of it has neither been revealed in the Tawrah, nor the Injil nor the Zabur, nor in the Furqan [Quran].”

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