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How’d You Know? (Hadith No. 816)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 816:

Narrated Sulaiman Ash-Shaibam:

I heard Ash-Sha’bi saying, “A person who was accompanying the Prophet passed by a grave that was separated from the other graves told me that the Prophet once led the people in the (funeral) prayer and the people had aligned behind him. I said, “O Aba ‘Amr! Who told you about it?” He said, “Ibn Abbas.”

Taking the last part of this Hadith.. I’d like to bring your attention to a certain matter: reporting. There’s some manners to it.

A Muslim is (ideally) an honest and trustworthy person. Whatever comes out of his mouth should be nothing but the truth. And this automatically entails that whatever incident he reports and any person that he quotes, is 100% truth. It’s his responsibility to make sure that he doesn’t forward a report (via speech, email or text messaging etc.) without verifying it. Yes, it’s a tough job. But it’s worthwhile because:

Ibn ‘Umar reported said that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The worst of lies is when a man says his eyes have seen something which they have not seen.” [al-Bukhari]

And:

It is sufficient for a believer to be considered a liar that he narrates everything he hears. [Muslim]

So when someone tells you about something, ask them: how’d you know?

P.S. sharing statuses, retweeting tweets comes in this category as well. Make SURE to do your research before you press that button!

Wassalam.

Quoting (Hadith No. 63)

Salam,
Bismillah.

[Hadith no. 60, 61 and 62 are repeats. Read 58 and 59.]

Volume 1, Book 3, Number 63:

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

While we were sitting with the Prophet in the mosque, a man came riding on a camel. He made his camel kneel down in the mosque, tied its foreleg and then said: “Who amongst you is Muhammad?” At that time the Prophet was sitting amongst us (his companions) leaning on his arm. We replied, “This white man reclining on his arm.” The an then addressed him, “O Son of ‘Abdul Muttalib.”

The Prophet said, “I am here to answer your questions.” The man said to the Prophet, “I want to ask you something and will be hard in questioning. So do not get angry.” The Prophet said, “Ask whatever you want.” The man said, “I ask you by your Lord, and the Lord of those who were before you, has Allah sent you as an Apostle to all the mankind?” The Prophet replied, “By Allah, yes.” The man further said, “I ask you by Allah. Has Allah ordered you to offer five prayers in a day and night (24 hours).? He replied, “By Allah, Yes.” The man further said, “I ask you by Allah! Has Allah ordered you to observe fasts during this month of the year (i.e. Ramadan)?” He replied, “By Allah, Yes.” The man further said, “I ask you by Allah. Has Allah ordered you to take Zakat (obligatory charity) from our rich people and distribute it amongst our poor people?” The Prophet replied, “By Allah, yes.” Thereupon that man said, “I have believed in all that with which you have been sent, and I have been sent by my people as a messenger, and I am Dimam bin Tha’laba from the brothers of Bani Sa’d bin Bakr.”

“I have been sent by my people as a messenger.” Meaning, whatever the Prophet (SAW) had said yes to, he’d convey it to the people. Note that Prophet (SAW) didn’t exactly say those things, he only said ‘yes’ to Dimam’s questions.

This Hadith teaches us that we can quote a person even if they said yes to something. For example:

A asks B: ‘Can we go?’
B: ‘Yes.’
A says to C: ‘B said we can go.’

Get it? B didn’t say ‘we can go’, he only said yes. But A is quoting him.
This is allowed. :)

Wassalam.

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