Beware of Rejecting Dha’eef Hadith

ISTIKHFAAF in the context of the Shariah means to consider any act of the Deen to be insignificant, ‘small’ or light. Istihza’ means to view with mirth or to make a joke of any Deeni issue, or to mock at it. Both these attitudes are kufr.

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) warned a gainst cupping (hijaamat) on Saturdays and Thursdays. There is the danger of contracting the disease of leprosy if cupping is done on these days. A Muhaddith who had classified this Hadith as Dhaeef (Weak) had deliberately had himself cupped on a Saturday. In consequence he contracted leprosy.

After some time, he saw Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) in a dream, and he (the Muhaddith) complained about his disease. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Why did you resort to cupping on a Saturday?” The Muhaddith said: “O Rasulullah! (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) The raawi (narrator) of this Hadith is Dhaeef.”

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “But it was attributed to me.” The Muhaddith said: “O Rasulullah? (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) I have erred. I repent.” Then Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) made dua for his shifa’ (cure). In the morning when the Muhaddith opened his eyes, there was not a sign of the leprosy on him.

Beware of nafsaani dismissal of Ahaadith. Dhaeef Ahaadith are not fabrications. Your aversion for Hadith can be calamitous for you.

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