Sayyiduna Wahshy’s powerful memory

Question

There is a Hadith where two tabi’un went to visit Wahshy (radiyallahu’anhu) at old age to ask how he killed Hamzah (radiyallahu’anhu), and he recognised one of them by his toes. Can you cite the Hadith, and if it’s sahih.

 

Answer

Ja’far Ad-Damry (rahimahullah) reports: ‘I went on journey with ‘Ubaydullah ibn ‘Ady ibn Khiyar. When we reached Hims, ‘Ubaydullah asked me: ‘Do you want to visit Sayyiduna Wahshy (radiyallahu’anhu), to enquire from him the details of the martyrdom of Sayyiduna Hamzah (radiyallahu’anhu)? I said: Yes.

Wahshy was a resident of Hims. After enquiring about his residence we were pointed to his home. He was seated in the shade and was quite hefty. We came very close to him then said the salam, to which he did reply.

‘Ubaydullah had covered his face with his turban. [From his entire body] Only his eyes and feet were visible. ‘Ubaydullah said: ‘O Wahshy! Do you recognise me?’

After looking at him, Sayyiduna Wahshy (radiyallahu’anhu) replied: ‘By Allah! I don’t. But I do know that [a person in Makkah by the name of] ‘Adiy ibn Khiyar (who was the father of the mentioned: ‘Ubaydullah) married a woman by the name of Ummu Qital, the daughter of Abul ‘Is. She gave birth to their son, whom I took to his foster mother once. It seems like I did see your feet [at that time].’

-the narration then continued…

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 4072)

Subhanallah! Such was the memory of the people of that time.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar