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Warnings against quoting fabricated narrations

Question

Kindly provide narrations which prohibit narrating fabricated Hadiths.

Answer

There are numerous narrations which prohibit quoting fabricated Hadiths. Among them are the following:

1) Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

‘Do not tell lies about me, for whoever falsely attributes a statement to me will enter Jahannam ‘

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 106, and Foreword of Sahih Muslim)

 

2)  Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Zubayr (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) said to his father, “I do not hear you relating Hadith from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) just as I hear so-and-so relating Hadith.” Sayyiduna Zubayr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “I was always with him, but I heard him say, ‘Whoever falsely attributes a Hadith to me should prepare his abode in Jahannam .’

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 107)

 

3) Sayyiduna Anas ibn Malik (radiyallahu ‘anhu) says:

The thing stops me from relating many Hadiths from Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is that I heard him say:

‘Whomsoever deliberately falsely attributes a Hadith to me should prepare his abode in Jahannam.

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 108 and  Forward of Sahih Muslim)

 

4) Sayyiduna Mughirah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Falsely attributing statements to me is unlike falsely attributing statements to anyone else, whoever falsely attributes a Hadith to me should prepare his abode in Jahannam”

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 1291)

 

The above narrations indicate the caution that Sahabah displayed when it came to reporting Hadith from Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

How much more caution we ought to exercise especially since the Muhaddithun have said there are approximately two hundred Sahabah that have reported the Hadiths warning against fabricating a narration!

(Refer: Al Minhaj -Sharhun Nawawi ‘ala Sahih Muslim-, vol. 1 pg. 26 and Fathul Bari, under Hadith: 110)

 

May Allah Protect us.

 

And Allah Knows best

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar, with the following note:

It is because of warnings like the above, the Muhaddithun generally prefer the option of caution.

We too should follow suite.

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar