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Did Abu Bakr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) burn his Hadith collection?

Question

Is this authentic?

Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) said:

“My father collected Hadiths of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and it was five hundred Hadiths. One night, he was very uneasy, tossing and turning much. I also felt uneasy because of this, so I said, ‘Are you turning because of an ailment, or have you heard news that upset you?’ In the morning, he said, ‘O daughter, bring the Hadiths.’ I brought them, and he asked for a flame and burnt them. I said, ‘Why did you burn them?’ He said, ‘I feared lest I die while they are with me containing narrations that I heard from a man whom I trusted and whose narrations I considered to be correct while in reality they are not; then I would have quoted incorrect narrations from him.'”

 

Answer

‘Allamah Dhahabi (rahimahullah) states that this incident is not authentic (la yasihhu).

(Tadhkiratul Huffaz, vol. 1 pg. 5. Also see: Kanzul ‘Ummal, Hadith: 29460)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

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