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Was Hakim ibn Hizam born in the Ka’bah?

Question

Is the following narration by Imam Hakim (rahimahullah) and his statement thereafter correct?

Is it authentically established that Sayyiduna Hakim ibn Hizam and  Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) were both born in the blessed Ka’bah?

أخبرنا أبو بكر محمد بن أحمد بن بالويه ثنا إبراهيم بن إسحاق الحربي ثنا مصعب بن عبد الله : فذكر نسب حكيم بن حزام و زاد فيه و أمه فاختة بنت زهير بن أسد بن عبد العزى و كانت ولدت حكيما في الكعبة و هي حامل فضربها المخاض وهي جوف الكعبة فولدت فيها فحملت في نطع و غسل ما كان تحتها من الثياب عند حوض زمرم و لم يولد قبله و لا بعده في الكعبة أحد

قال الحاكم : و هم مصعب في الحرف الأخير فقد تواترت الأخبار أن فاطمة بنت أسد ولدت أمير المؤمنين علي بن أبي طالب كرم الله وجهه في جوف الكعبة

(Al-Mustadrak, vol. 3 pg. 483)

 

Answer

It is famously known and reported through various sources that Sayyiduna Hakim ibn Hizam (radiyallahu ‘anhu) was born in the Ka’bah.

(Refer: Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1532, Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 3 pg. 483, Al-Isabah, vol. 2 pg. 97-98, and Tadribur Rawi, vol. 5 pg. 520 and 524).

 

As far as the birth of Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu) transpiring in the Ka’bah, Imams Nawawi, Suyuti, and others (rahimahumullah) have deemed it as a weak opinion.

Imam Nawawi (rahimahullah) has even mentioned that this is the opinion of the ‘Ulama.

His exact wording was: وأما ما روي أن عليا بن أبي طالب رضي الله عنه ولد فيها، فضعيف عند العلماء 

(Tahdhibul Asma Wal Lughat, vol. 1, pg. 409, Tadribur Rawi, vol. 5 pg. 524 with the footnotes of Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah; Also see: Siyaru A’alamin Nubala, vol. 17 pg. 165)

 

And Allah Ta’ala knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Farhan Shariff

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar