What is the authenticity of the following narration?
It was narrated from Ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu ‘anhu) that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
“If my Companions [Sahabah] are mentioned, then keep quiet, if the stars are mentioned [horoscopes/fortune telling], then keep quiet and if the divine decree [taqdir] is mentioned, then keep quiet.”
Imam Tabarani, Imam Abu Nu’aym and others have recorded this Hadith. Hafiz ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith of Tabarani as sound (hasan)
(Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 10448, Hilyatul Awliya, vol. 4 pg. 108. Refer: Fathul Bari, under Hadith: 6594)
The above Hadith encourages us to keep silent and not to utter any ill against the Sahabah. In this era of trials and fitnahs, it is imperative that we adopt this golden principle and uphold the respect of the Sahabah.
May Allah protect us.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar