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Unreliable Hadith on sacrificing one’s desire

Question

What is status of following narration ?

أيما امرئ اشتَهى شهوةً ، فرَدّ شهوتَه وآثَرَ على نفسه غَفَر الله له .قط في الافراد، وأبو الشيخ في الثواب – عن ابن عمر

 

Answer

Translation

Sayyiduna ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu’anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

Any man who suppresses his desire will be forgiven by Allah Ta’ala.

 

The Muhaddithun have ruled this a fabrication.

(La-alil Masnu’ah, vol.2 pg.322, Tanzihush Shari’ah, vol.2 pg.287 & Tadhkiratul Mawdu’at, pg.151)

 

واقتصار العراقي على تضعيفه فقط، لا ينافي هذا، لأنه يطلق لفظ الضعيف على ما هو شديد الضعف أو الموضوع أحيانا

 

However, undoubtedly for one to sacrifice his/her desires, is a great achievement and an essential path to reformation. There are several other encouragements for this in the Quran and Hadith.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar