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Sayyiduna Umar (radiyallahu 'anhu) reading the Tawrah

Question

I have a query concerning the narration in which Sayyiduna Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reads the Tawrah in the presence of Rasulullah (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and the colour of the blessed face of Rasulullah (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) changes.

Is there any mention thereafter of the Ansar taking out their swords because of being angry with Sayyiduna Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu)?

Answer

There are a few versions of this narration, Hafiz Haythami (rahimahullah) makes mention of one such narration which appears in Musnad Abu Y’ala which has the following words: …’The Ansar said, He (Sayyiduna Umar radiyallahu ‘anhu) has angered your Nabi, Get your weapons, get your weapons.

(Hafiz Haythami rahimahullah has classified this narration as weak. Majma’uz Zawaid vol. 1 pg. 173 and 182)

There is no mention in the above narration of the Ansar brandishing their swords, however it does have the words ‘get your weapons’. This Hadith also appears in various other Hadith collections without the words ‘get your weapons’.

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See: Musannaf Abdur Razzaq Hadith: 10163 and 10164, Musannaf ibn Abi Shaybah Hadith: 26949, Musnad Ahmad vol. 3 pg. 387 and vol. 4 pg. 266, Sunan Ad Darimi Hadith: 435, Bazzar (see Kashful Astar) Hadith: 124, Shu’abul Iman Hadith: 174, Jami’u Bayanil ‘Ilmi Wa Fadlihi Hadith: 782, Sharhus Sunnah Hadith: 126. Also see  Majma’uz Zawaid vol. 1 pg. 173 .

These versions gain collective strength.

(Footnotes on Musannaf ibn Abi Shaybah by Shaykh Muhammad Awwamah vol.13 pg. 459)

 

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