Using yellow dye and a Sahabi kisses the belly of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)

Question

What is the meaning of ‘حط ورس’ in this narration?

عن الحسن، أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم لقي رجلا مختضبا بصفرة، وفي يد النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم جريدة، فقال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم: حط ورس قال: فطعن بالجريدة في بطن الرجل، وقال: ألم أنهك عن هذا قال: فأثر في بطنه، وما أدماها، فقال الرجل: القود يا رسول الله، فقال الناس: أمن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم تقتص؟ فقال: ما بشرة أحد فضل الله على بشرتي قال: فكشف النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم عن بطنه، ثم قال: اقتص فقبل الرجل بطن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم، وقال: أدعها لك تشفع لي بها يوم القيامة

 

Answer

Imam ‘Abdur Razzaq (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration. ‘حط ورس’ means ‘Put it down, This is ورس!’

ورس/Wars refers to a yellow plant that was used as a dye.

 

The translation of the full narration is as follows:

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) once met a person who was using yellow dye. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) had a palm leaf stalk in his hand. He said, ‘Put it down, This is Wars (ورس)!’ Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) prodded the man’s belly with the stalk and said, ‘Did I not prohibit you from using this’? The stalk left an imprint on the man’s belly but did not cause it to bleed. The man said, ‘O Rasulullah! I want retribution.’ The people retorted saying, ‘Are you seeking to take retribution from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)?’ The man said, ‘Allah has not given virtue to anyone’s skin over mine.’ Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) exposed his belly and said, ‘Take retribution.’  The man kissed Nabi’s (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) belly and said: I will leave it for you to intercede on my behalf on the Day of Qiyamah.'”

(Musannaf ‘Abdur Razzaq, Hadith: 18038. Also see: Hadith: 18039 and Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 17973)

 

Note: Kindly refer to a Mufti/Darul Ifta fro clarification regarding using yellow dye

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar