Oft-Quoted Weak Ahaadeeth Concerning Ramadaan 1

“Fasting in Ramadaan as observed by the Prophet”   by Shaikh Saleem al-Hilaalee and Shaikh Alee Hassan

Allaah, the One free of all imperfections and Most High, has appointed for the Sunnah of the Prophet (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) trustworthy bearers who expel from it the alterations of the people of falsehood, the misinterpretations of those going beyond bounds, and uncovering the false accretions added to it by those who try to adulterate it.

Throughout the ages many accretions [1]  have been mixed with it, either weak ahaadeeth, lies or fabrications and the like and this has been fully explained and made clear by the scholars throughout the ages. One who looks today into the works of writers and speeches of admonition will see that they do not give the slightest attention to this matter except those upon whom is Allaah’s Mercy. Even though scholarly reference works, which explain which ahadeeth are authentic and uncover the weak narrations, are readily available.

In explaining this matter and its evil consequences upon the knowledge and the people, we do not intend to rebuke or accuse anyone. We will just quote some examples of narrations which have been introduced and become well known amongst the people, to the point that you will hardly read an article or hear an admonition except that the weak ahaadeeth have a prominent place in it.

1. “If the servants knew how great Ramadaan was, then they would wish that Ramadaan lasted all year. Indeed, Paradise is decorated for Ramadaan from the start of the year till the next year…” and it is a long hadeeth.

This hadeeth is reported by Ibn Khuzaimah (no. 1886), Ibn al-Jawzee in Kitaabul-Mawdoo’aat (2/188-189) and Aboo Yalaa in his Musnad as occurs in al-Mataalibul-’Aaliyah (46/a-b manuscript) by way of Jareer ibn Ayyoob al Bajalee: from ash-Shabee: from Naafi ibn Burdah: from Aboo Masood al­ Ghifaaree.

This hadeeth is fabricated (mawdoo), the cause being Jareer ibn Ayyoob. lbn Hajr quotes his biography in Lisaanul-Meezaan (2/101) and says: “Famous for his weakness.” Then he quotes the saying of Aboo Nu’aim about him: “He used to fabricate ahaadeeth,” from al-Bukhaaree: “Munkar in narrating hadeeth,” and from an-Nasaaee: “Abandoned!”

Ibn al-jawzee declared it to be fabricated, and Ibn Khuzaimah said after relating it: “If the narration is authentic, since there is some doubt in the heart about Jareer Ibn Ayyoob al-Bajalee.”

[1 accretions – growth or increase in size by gradual external addition, fusion, or inclusion].

Source: AbdurRahman.org


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