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Question

Is the following narration authentic and suitable to quote?

 عبد الله بن جراد قال: صحبني رجل من مؤتة فأتى النبي عليه الصلاة والسلام وأنا معه فقال: يارسول الله ! ولد لى مولود فما اخير الاسماء ؟ قال: ان خير اسمائكم الحارث وهمام ونعم الاسم عبد الله وعبد الرحمن وسموا بأسماء الانبياء ولا تسموا بأسماء الملائكة، قال: وباسمك ؟ قال: وباسمى ولا تكنوا بكنيتي

Jazakallahu khayran

 

Answer

The version you have cited is problematic due to a technicality in the chain, as pointed out by Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) above.

The following version is a better option, and may be quoted:

Sayyiduna Abu Wahab Al-Jushami (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

‘Keep the names of the Ambiya. The most beloved of names to Allah Ta’ala are: ‘Abdullah and ‘Abdur Rahman. The most truthful names are: Harith and Hammam, whilst the worst are: Harb and Murrah.’

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 4911, Al-Adabul Mufrad of Bukhari, Hadith: 837)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar