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The quality of self possessiveness of Sa’d ibn ‘Ubadah (radiyallahu ‘anhu)

Question

Is this Hadith sahih?

Sayyiduna Sa’d ibn ‘Ubadah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said: “I will not hesitate killing my wife with a sword should I see her with another man.”

 

Answer

This Hadith is recorded in Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim. It is therefore authentic.

The full correct narration is as follows:

1) Sayyiduna Sa’d ibn ‘Ubadah said: “If I were to see a man with my wife [committing adultery], I would strike him with [the sharp side of my sword].’ Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) heard about this and said, ‘Do you marvel at Sa’d’s quality of self possessiveness? I have more self possessiveness than him and Allah has more self possessiveness than me.'”

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 6846)

 

2) Sayyiduna Sa’d ibn ‘Ubadah said: “If I were to see a man with my wife [committing adultery], I would strike him with [the sharp side of my sword].’ Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) heard about this and said, ‘Do you marvel at Sa’d’s quality of self possessiveness? By Allah! I have more self possessiveness than him and Allah has more self possessiveness than me. It is because of Allah’s self possessiveness that He has forbidden shameful deeds done in open and in secret. There is none who loves to pardon more than Allah and it is for this that He sent those who give good news and warning [i.e. The Ambiya]. There is no one who likes to be praised more than Allah and due to this, Allah has promised Jannah.'”

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 7416, Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1499)

 

Note: This narration should not be used as a justification for murder. The Fuqaha (Jurists) have a difference of opinion whether retribution (qisas) will be necessary or not and have further explained the possible scenarios. This should therefore not be viewed as a Fiqh ruling. Kindly consult a Mufti/Darul Ifta for further clarification.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar