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Salt before meals, sunnah ?

  • Status : FABRICATED

Based on the following narration, some recommend taking salt before (and/or after) meals :

“O ‘Ali have salt before and after your meals, for it is a cure for 70 illnesses, the first of which are insanity, leprosy, vitiligo, toothache, sore throat and abdominal pain”

This has been deemed as a fabrication by the hadith masters and should not be quoted.

‘Allāmah Shihāb al-Dīn al-Būsīrī [d. 839 AH] writes: “This is a chain of consecutive weak transmitters”

‘Allāmah al-Hasan al-Saghānī [d. 650 AH] mentions: Among these (i.e. fabrications) are the advices of ‘Alī…Hammād ibn ‘Amr al-Nasībī is the one who forged them”

Commenting on this statement, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Fattāh Abū Ghuddah writes: From the advices of ‘Alī (Allah be pleased with him) which Hammād ibn ‘Amr al-Nasībī is accused of forging, and al-Suyūtī mentions in al-La’ālī al-Masnū‘a, is the Hadīth which some jurists and Sūfīs frequently quote before eating. The Hadīth is as follows: “O ‘Alī, begin your meals with salt, and complete it with salt, as it is a cure for seventy diseases (…)

Abu ‘l-Faraj ibn al-Jawzī [d. 597 AH] writes: This Hadīth is not authentic (i.e. it is a fabrication) from the Messenger of Allāh (peace and blessings be upon him). The one accused of forging it is either ‘Abd Allāh ibn Ahmad ibn ‘Āmir or his father (i.e. Ahmad ibn ‘Āmir), as they would narrate a collection (falsely) ascribed to the Ahl al-Bayt filled with fabrications

Yes, some jurists (ie not hadith specialists) mentioned this but this seems in the end more of a medical prescription, may be linked to the toxicity of food in old times with salt being hyperosmolar (wallahu a’lam). But on the religious ground, this practice has no basis as mentioned by hadith specialists.

Tanzihush Shari’ah, vol. 2 pg.234,

Al Yawaqitul Ghaliyah, vol.2 pg.448

Shaykh ‘Abdul Fattah’s footnotes on Al-Masnu’ fi Ma‘rifa al-Hadīth al-Mawdū’, pg.236

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Nobody better than`Ali & no sword better than dhul faqar ?

  • Status : FABRICATED

In some circles the following ‘hadith’  is often quoted to prove some corrupt agendas (2 narrations) :

1) There is no better man than `Ali, and no sword better than Dhul-Faqar

2) From Al-Hasan ibn `Arafah Al-`Abdi on the authority of Abu Gha`far Muhamad ibn `Ali Al-Baqir who said: “An angel called Radwan announced from the Heavens in (the Battle of) Badr ‘No sword other than Dhu Al-Faqar and no man better than `Ali.'”

1) The first narration is reported by ‘Isa ibn Mihran on whom the following muhaddithun have said :

Ibn Adiy said: “He narrated fabricated Hadith.”
Hâfiz al-Dhahabî said about him: “Liar” (Mizan, #6613)

Ibn Ubaydullah ibn Abu Rafi is weak as well.

Allâmah Sakhâwiy said this narration is “very weak” (Al-Maqaasidul Hasana, 1307)

Imâm al-Bukhâri said: “Munkar al-Hadith.”

Ibn Ma’een said his narrations are nothing.

Abû Hâtim said: “Extremely rejected.” (Mizan, #7904)

Imam al-Suyûtî rejected this narration in “La’ali al-masnu’a” (1/333)

Al-Dhahabî rejected it in “Talkhees Kitab al-Maudua” (1/126/#274).

Hâfiz Ibn Taymiyyah said:

“This narration is from false, fabricated stories–in accordance to the ijma (consensus) of people who know the science of Hadith.” (Mukhtasar Minhaj as-Sunnah)

Al-Shawkânî said in “Fawaid al-Majmua” (372/#68):

“And in the chain is Eesa ibn Mihran, and he is Rafidhi (Shia extremist), who narrated false stories. Ibn al-Jawzi included this narration in his book on fabricated Hadith.”

Ibn Katheer said : “hadith munkar” (al bidayah, 7/293)

Additionally,  Mulla ‘Ali Al Qâri  also mentions that this hadith has “no basis” and portrays it as this is an innovation of the Shi’a. (Al-Asraarul marfoo’a, 595)

Sa’d bin Tareef is a raawi of this narration and Ibn hajar says he is matrook (rejected) and that he was a raafidi, This hadith is supporting his tashayyu’ thus rendering his narration as unacceptable (Taqreebut Tahzeeb)

On the second hadith :

Mullâ ‘Ali Qari al-hanafi  added, “It is proved to be invalid for if something like this had been announced from the Heavens in the Battle of Badr all the honorable Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) would have heard it and thus it would have been reported by the great Imams.


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On a sidenote, Dhul-faqar was but one of the many swords the blessed Prophet  had, as you can read it here for example.

Note : this post is NOT there to belittle our liege-lord and Khalifah Sayyiduna ‘Ali (RA), one of the best of the Companions of Rasulullah ; rather it is there to expose how far fabricated ahadith have crippled our minds. Just use authentic narrations, which are plenty for this noble companion.

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Fabricated hadith on 360 rewards

  • Status : FABRICATED

Here is a random version of the report copy-pasted :

It was reported from the Messenger of Allah that he said about this Hadith: “Anyone recites this supplication at anytime is like performing 360 Hajj journeys, reciting the Qur’an 360 times, freeing 360 servants, giving 360 dinars in charity, and relieved 360 distressed person.” As soon the Prophet (peace be upon him) said that Hadith, Gabriel (peace be upon him) descended and said: Anyone of Allah’s Servants (male or female) recites this supplication once in a lifetime, by my highness and glory, I guarantee seven things for him: 1- Move away poverty from him/her. 2- Secure him/her from the interrogation of Munkar and Nakir. 3- Make him/her pass the Sirat. 4- Secure him/her against sudden death. 5- Prohibit Hell fire to harm him/her. 6- Secure him/her from the press of the grave. 7- Secure him/her against the wrath of an unjust ruler.

The text of the Hadith reads as follows : “La Ilaha Illa Allah, Al Jalil Al Jabbar. La Ilaha Illa Allah, Al Wahid Al Qahhar. La Ilaha Illa Allah, Al `Aziz Al Ghaffar. La Ilaha Illa Allah, Al Karim As-Sattar. La Ilaha Illa Allah, Al Kabir Al Muta’al. La Ilaha Illa Allah Wahdahu La Sharika Lahu, Ilahan Wahidan Rabban, wa Shahidan Samadan, wa nahnu Lahu Muslimun. La Ilaha Illa Allah Wahdahu La Sharika Lahu Ilahan wahidan, Rabban wa Shahidan, wa nahnu lahu `Abidun. La Ilaha Illa Allah Wahdahu La Sharika Lahu, Ilahan Wahidan Rabban wa Shahidan, wa nahnu Lahu Qanitun. La Ilaha Illa Allah Wahdahu La Sharika Lahu Ilahan Wahidan Rabban wa Shahidan, wa nahnu lahu Sabirun. La Ilaha Illa Allah Muhammad Rasul Allah. `Ali Waliullah. Allahumma Ilika Wajjahtu Wajhiya, wa Ilayka Fawadtu Amry, wa `Alayka Tawakaltu ya Arhama Ar-Rahimin.”

After a close examination of the papers in question, it has become clear that it is false and fabricated and it was not reported by the scholars of Hadith by these wordings and the proofs of its fabrication are obvious for the following :

  1. This invocation is contradictory to the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him) because it contains these numbers of rewards to the person who recites this invocation.
  2. It contains “`Ali Waliullah”. There is no doubt that `Ali ibn Abu Talib (may Allah be pleased with him) is one of Allah’s Guardians, but singling him out with that description denotes the touch of Shia.
  3. This Hadiths indicates that its reciter enters paradise even if he/she commits major sins or committed one of the nullifiers of faith which is void and not accepted either intellectually or by Shari`ah.

Thus it contains many statements that contradict the Shari`ah of Islam. It is contradictory to the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Accordingly, it is obligatory to prevent the distribution of these and other similar papers which are meant to change and alter the monotheistic faith of Islam and follow misguidance, Bid`ahs and superstitions.

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The fast of the 15th of Sha’ban exclusively, sunnah ?


The following hadith is often quoted to back the fast of the 15th of Sha’ban :

Narrated by Sayyiduna ‘Ali (RA), the Prophet [saws] said : When the Middle Night of Shabaan arrives, you should stand (Praying) in the night and should fast in the day following it

This Hadith is recorded by Ibn Majah in his Sunan, one of the famous six books of Hadith, and also by Baihaqi in his famous book Shu’ab-al-‘iman’.  In its chain there is Abu Bakr ibn Abi Saburah who is considered as a weak narrator, so this hadith cannot be relied upon in the matter of the injunctions of Shariah. Thus, the fast of the 15th of Shabaan cannot be termed as Sunnah or Mustahab in the strict sense of the term.

(((As for the virtues of the 15th night, its authenticity is well-known and not the subject here. Proofs can be found here for example.)))

The following muhaddithun have severely criticised Abu Bakr ibn Abi Saburah :

Ali ibnul Madini
Abu Bakr Al Bazzar
The two sons of Imam Ahmad
Ibnu ‘Adi
Ibnu Hibban
Ibnu Ma’in

Consequently the following ‘Ulama have criticised the aforementioned hadith :

Imam Badruddin Al-‘Ayni
Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali
Ibnul Jawzi

May Allah have mercy upon them all.

Can I use very weak hadith ?


  • Concerning the critics of the narrator refer to : Mizan ul I’tidal, Ad-Du’afa wal Matrukin lin Nassa’i, Tahdhib ut tahdhib, Adh-Du’afa ul kabir, Al-Kash ul hadith, Al-Majruhin, Al-Kamil fid du’afa, Tafsir ibnu Kathir, Al-Muhalla, Majma’ uz Zawa’id, Nasb ul Raya, Ad-Diraya ;
  • Concerning the critics of the narration refer to : ‘Umdat ul Qariy, Takhrij of Ihya ul ‘Uloom of Al-Ghazali by Al-‘Iraqi, Lata’if ul Ma’arif, Al-‘Ilal ul Mutanahiyah, Al-Fawa’id ul Majmu’ah.

To sum up : To fast the 15th day of Sha’ban exclusively is not sunnah nor mustahhab, but you can perfectly fast the 2nd, 4th, 7th, 10th, 13th, 14th and 15th days (Ayyam al-bîd) or even the first half of the month of Sha’ban, if you do care about Sunnah.

Jazakumullahu Kheyran, and requests for du’a.

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“Qaza e Umr” : a special prayer worth 700 years ‽


This following story is narrated amongst Indo-Pak people in order to ‘shortcut’ the making-up of previously missed prayers :

Hazrat Amir-ul-Mo’mineeen (A.S.) said that any person who has accumulated a lot of qazaa namaaz (missed a lot of salaats) and does not have the strength to offer them should offer Namaaz-e-Qazaa-e-Umr.

This namaaz is the kaffara to cover 700 years of qazaa namaaz. One person asked Wali-Ullah “but the people of the ummat of Nabi live only 70-100 years at the most?” Hazrat Ali (A.S.) replied that the namaaz-e-kaffara covers your whole life’s qazaa namaaz, your parents, your grand parents, your great grand parents and others going back up to 700 years qazaa namaaz.
When to pray:
On the last Friday of the month of Ramadhan before sunset.

How to pray:
It’s a 4 rakaat namaaz with one salaam. In every rakaat recite
sura-e-fateha (Alhamd) once; followed by Sura-e-Ahad  (Qulahwallah) 25 times; followed by Ayatul-kudsi once and followed by Sura-e-Kauthar 15 times.
The Holy Qur’an says: “If someone trusts Allah, he will suffice him.
He will surely bring about what he decrees. Allah has set measure for everything”. (Surah Al-Talaq, 65:3)

This is clearly a fabrication, no source is ever given and it is not mentioned in any of the recognized books of Hadith. This is rather a lie on Sayyiduna ‘Ali (Alayhis salâm) from the shia shayateen, since it is well known that there can be no nawafil (optional) prayer before sunset since sun sets between sheytan’s horns.

If you unfortunately missed many prayers, the only solution is to make up those prayers, on top of sincerely repenting to Allah.

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“Hirz of Abu Dujana” to be protected from jinns ?

  •  Status : FABRICATED

Here is the report copy-pasted :

Abu Dujana said, “I was lying down, when I heard a noise like the noise of a mill or that of the leaves of a tree and saw a flash like lightning. I raised my head to see something black that was rising in the middle of the room. I felt it with my hand. It was like a porcupine’s skin. It began to throw things like sparks at my face. At once I went to Rasulullah and told him what had happened. He said, ‘O Aba Dujana! May Allah give your home goodness and abundance!’ He asked for a pen and a piece of paper. He had Ali ‘radiAllahu anh’ write a letter. I took the letter to my home. I put it under my head and went to sleep. A yelling voice woke me up. It said, ‘O Aba Dujana! You have burned me with that letter. Your owner is certainly much higher than we are. There is no way of escape for us, except that you remove that letter. We shall no longer come to your home or your neighbors.’ We cannot go to places where the letter is.’ I told him that I could not remove the letter without getting my owner’s permission. The night seemed very long to me because of the crying and wailing of genies. After performing the morning prayer in the mosque, I told Rasulullah what the genie had said. Rasulullah ‘sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam’ said, ‘Remove the letter. Or else they will suffer the letter’s pain till the Resurrection.'”

hirz of abu-dujana also known as tehdid nama supposedly to counter jinns

It is a forgery according to :

Al-Dhahabî who said “The amulet of Abu Dujanah is not authentic and I do not know who fabricated it.” (see Mîzân al-I’tidâl) and (Al-Siyar, 1/245)

Ibn al-Jawzi ““Without doubt, this is a fabrication and its chain of transmitters is broken… there is no biographical information available with regards to many of its narrators”” (Al-Mawdu’ât, 3/169)

Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalânî (Al-Isâba)

Al-Suyuti who said “It is a fabrication and its chain of transmission is broken and most of its transmitters are unknown.” (al-La’âlî al-Masnû’ah, 2/292)

Its Sanad (chain of narrators) is disconnected and most of the narrators are unknown. It was reported by Musa Al-Ansary, and there is no Sahaby that carries this name.

Some may say this letter 100% works so how dare you say it is fabricated ? First of all the aforementioned scholars know more on the science of hadith than you, me or any excorcists whose speciality is not hadith.
Moreover this letter ‘working’ is in no way a proof to establish the authenticity of the report; going by this logic invoking sayyiduna ‘Isa (AS) or sayyiduna ‘Ali (RA) also ‘works’ according to the christians or the shi’as, whereas we know invoking other than Allah is haram and tantamount to shirk akbar.

Lastly, there are effective ways to be protected and be cured from the effect of evil jinns, first and foremost abide by the laws of shari’ah you may be violating (search a little bit within your self and you’ll find out), read Qur’an excessively (particularly some specific verses, look for “ruqyah verses” on Google), read masnoon invocations (Hisn-ul-muslim for example) and do loads of dhikr with devotion. Bi idhnillah nothing can stand to the power of The Creator.

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Do not hesitate to leave a comment, to spread this post or to let me know of any famous fabricated hadith, Jazakumullâhu khayran.

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Surah Al-Insan (Ad-Dahr) not revealed because of ‘Ali’s family (RA)

  • Status: FABRICATED

Here is the entire sequence of the report copy-pasted (random version) :

These verses were revealed after Ali, Fatima, Hassan, and Hussain (A.S.) gave charity to needy people; Zamakhshari states this story in the book Al-Kashaf; it goes as follows: Ibn Abbas said: Once Al-Hassan and Al-Hussain were ill, the Messenger of Allah and a group went to visit them, the visitors suggested to Imam Ali to make a vow to Allah: if He were to relieve them, he would perform some good action. Therefore, Imam Ali together with Fatima and their servant Fedhdhah vowed to Allah that they would fast for three days if He would relieve Hassan and Hussain (A.S.). When Allah had relieved them, Imam Ali (A.S.) borrowed three (3) aswu (a cubic measure) of barley from a Jew known as Shimon. Fatima ground one (1) as’s (singular of aswu) of the barley and baked five loaves of bread for her family’s meal at sunset. As sunset approached, a needy man knocked on the door and said: ‘Assalamu Alaikum, Family of Muhammad. I am a needy man from among the Muslims; feed me, May Allah feed you from the food of Paradise.’ The holy family preferred the needy man over themselves and spent the night with nothing in their stomachs except water. They fasted the second day, and again at sunset, when they were waiting for their food, an orphan asked them for help and they again preferred him over themselves. The third evening a captive (prisoner of war) asked them for help and they repeated their preference for the needy above themselves. The following morning, Imam Ali (A.S.) took Al-Hassan and Al-Hussain to the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) who said the following when he saw them shaking like little chicks from hunger: ‘It displeases us to see you in this condition.’ Then he went with them, for he wanted in see Fatima. When they arrived, Fatima (A.S.) was in the Mehrab (prayer place), and her condition was such that it further displeased the Prophet (S.A.W.). At this time, Gabriel descended and said: ‘Take this chapter Muhammad; Allah surely congratulates you for having this family.’ It is worthy to state that the Good ones mentioned here are Ali, Fatima, Hassan and Hussain; who deserve Paradise because of their act of feeding the needy, the orphan, and the captive. Another, point to keep in mind here, is that despite the detailed description of Paradise given in the verses, Allah, the Exalted, does not mentioned the huris. This understood to be in honor and exaltation of Fatima (S.A.), the wife of Imam Ali, and the mother of Hassan and Hussain (A.S.).

The story in question is classified as fabricated and is documented in many books of ‘Maudu’āt’ (compilations of fabricated ahādīth).

Hereunder are the references :

  • Tadhkiratul Maudu’āt
  • Tanzeehush Sharī’ah (vol. 1, pg. 362)
  • Al La’ālil Masnū’ah (vol. 1, pg, 338)
  • Al Fawā’id Al-Majmū’ah (pg. 376,)
  • Mausū’ātul Ahādīth wal āthār al-da’īfah wal maudu’ah (vol. 9, pg. 93-99)
  • Kitābul Maudu’āt (vol. 1, pg. 390)
  • Lisānul Mizān (vol. 6, pg. 369)
  • Tafsīr Al-Qurtubi (Surāh Al-Insān)

The high ranks of the Ahlul Bayt is not contested, but consider they would not have liked that we lie upon them. More over we can even sense the shi’i extremism in this story so we should be careful from whom we take our religion, right?


Lastly you can get the tafsir of this remarkable surah from various authentic resources like here or here.