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Hadith: Things You Should Know – 6

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم

Assalaamu`alykum

Fabricated Narration No. 2:

“Learn witchcraft (sihr), but do not use it”.

This narration is false and has no basis. It is not permissible to learn witchcraft or to use it. It is an evil action and is kufr and misguidance. Allaah clearly stated that witchcraft is forbidden in His Book, where He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“They followed what the Shayaateen (devils) gave out (falsely of the magic) in the lifetime of Sulaymaan (Solomon). Sulaymaan did not disbelieve, but the Shayaateen (devils) disbelieved, teaching men magic and such things that came down at mm to the two angels, Haaroot and Maaroot, but neither of these two (angels) taught anyone (such things) till they had said, ‘We are for trial, so disbelieve not (by learning this magic from us).’ And from these (angels) people learn that by which they cause separation between man and his wife, but they could not thus harm anyone except by Allaah’s Leave. And they learn that which harms them and profits them not. And indeed they knew that the buyers of it (magic) would have no share in the Hereafter. And how bad indeed was that for which they sold their ownselves, if they but knew. And if they had believed and guarded themselves from evil and kept their duty to Allaah, far better would have been the reward from their Lord, if they but knew!” 

[Al-Baqarah 2: 102-103]

In these verses, Allaah clearly states that witchcraft is kufr and that it is from the teachings of the devils. Allaah has condemned them for that, and they are our enemies. And He has stated that teaching witchcraft is kufr and that it is harmful and not beneficial, so we must beware of it.

Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Maqaalaat Mutanawwi’ah li’l-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 6/371

Hadith: Things You Should Know – 5

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم

Assalaamu`alaykum

Since a couple of days I was thinking about what should be added to the “Ulum-ul-Hadith” project, which should be informative as well as beneficial for the knowledge of the student.

So I came across some Ahadeeth, rather narrations, which are fabricated and Da’eef (weak) in nature but prevailing in the surroundings, and we simply adopt them because of our lack of knowledge and sometimes, lack of interest. (Sorry about this). It is important to note that there are numerous unfounded narrations that are declared Da’eef, Munkar, Baatil, Mawdoo or Baseless Riwayaat (narrations). They are popular and are commonly circulated among all levels of society – the elite as well as the commoners.  Thus, it is our obligation to discuss them and indicate their erroneous-ness.

So Inshaa’Allaah I’ll share some of the Da’eef and Fabricated Riwayaat (narrations) with you (Students of Knowledge).

May Allaah (SWT) increases and strengthen our Emaan.

Fabricated Narration No. 1:

He  said, “Allaah says, ‘I was a hidden treasure, and I wished to be known, so I created a creation (mankind), then made Myself known to them, and they recognized Me.’”

As-Sakhaawee (d.902, the student of ibn Hajr al-Asqalaanee) said, “ibn Taymiyyah said, ‘this is not from the words of the Prophet (SAW), and there is no known isnaad for it be it saheeh or da’eef.’ And az-Zarkashee and our Shaykh (ibn Hajr) followed him (in this verdict).” [‘al-Maqaasid al-Hasanah’ of as-Sakhaawee (no. 838)]

As-Suyootee (d.911) said, “this has no basis (laa asla lahu)” [‘Durural Muntathira’ of As-Suyutee (no.330)]

Al-Ijloonee (d.1162) said, “this saying occurs often in the words of the Sufis, who have relied on it, and built some of their principles on it.” [‘Kashf al-Khafaa’ of al-Ijloonee (no.2016)]

Al-Albaanee (contemporary) says, “this Ahaadeeth has no basis” [‘Silsilah ad-Da’eefah’ (1/166)]

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