My Sahabah are like stars; whomever you follow, you will be guided


Fatwa.

This Hadith is Mawdu` (fabricated), and it was narrated by Ibn `Abdul-Bar in (Jami` Al-`Ilm) on the authority of Sallam ibn Sulaym who said, “This Hadith was reported as Marfu` (a Hadith narrated from the Prophet with a connected or disconnected chain of narration) on the authority of Al-Harith ibn Ghasin from Al-A`mash from Abu Sufyan from Jabir. Ibn `Abdul-Bar said, “This Sanad (chain of narrators) does not serve as evidence, because Al-Harith ibn Ghasin is Majhul (unknown).” However, its `Illah (defective cause) is graver because Sallam ibn Sulaym was one of the narrators. He was Sallam ibn Sulaym Al-Tawil; and he was known as Ibn Sulayman and Ibn Sulaym. Imam Ahmad said about him, that the Hadith he used to narrate were Munkar (rejected Hadith reported by a weak narrator whose narration conflicts with an authentic Hadith). Ibn Hibban said about him that he narrated Mawdu` Hadith. The Hadith was reported by Ibn Hazm in Al-Ahkam and he commented on it, saying, “It is an invalid narration, because Abu Sufyan is Da`if (there is weakness in his narration), Al-Harith ibn Ghasin is Abu Wahb Al-Thaqafy, and Sallam ibn Sulayman used to narrate Mawdu` Hadith and this is definitely one of them.” May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’

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  1. Sidi I do not think the hadith is mawdu. The hadith is either fair due to its many chains (hasan li-ghayrihi) or, at worst, weak, and its meaning is true.

    Take a look at all of the chains of the hadith. Ibn Hajar lists them all in his al-Kafi al-Shaf Fi Takrij Ahadith al-Kashshaf 4:94

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