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Did the Sahabah make salam again if a tree came between them?

Question

Is there any hadith which mentions that the Sahabah (radayallahu ‘anhum) made salam again after walking round a tree?

Answer

1) Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that  Rasulullah (sallalahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘When one of you meets his brother he should greet him, if a tree, wall or rock comes in between them and they meet again, then they should greet once again’.

(Sunan Abi Dawud, hadith: 5158)

This narration has also been reported as the statement of Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Sunan Abi Dawud, hadith: 5158 and Al Adabul Mufrad of Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah), hadith: 1010)

2) Sayyiduna  Anas bin Malik (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports: ‘If a tree had to intervene between us when we were with Nabi (sallalahu ‘alayhi  wa sallam), we would greet each other again when we met’.

(Tabarani in Al Mu’jamul Awsat, hadith: 7987)

‘Allamah Mundhiri, Hafiz Ibn Hajar and Hafiz Haythami (rahimahumullah) have classified this hadith as sound (hasan).

(Targhib, vol. 3 pg. 428, Talkhisul Habir and Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 8 pg. 34)

 

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Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

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