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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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Does eating harisa give strength of 40 men ?

  • Status : FABRICATED

Here are the reports copy-pasted :

1) “Uqaili has transmitted this hadith from Muaz bin al-Muthanna from Saeed bin al-Mualla from Muhammad ibn al-Hajjaj from Abdul Malik ibn Umar from Rib’iy from Muaz bin Jabal radhiallahu anhu who says, “I said, “O prophet of Allah sallallahu alaihi wasallam, have you been given any food from paradise?” He (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) replied,
ٲتيت بالهريسه فٲكلتها فزادت في قوتى قوۃ أربعين و في نكاحى نكاح أربعين

“Yes, hareesa was given to me, so I eat it. Hence there has been a forty-fold increase in my strength and libido.”

Thereafter Muaz radhiallahu anhu would not begin making food but with hareesa.”

2) أتاني جبرﺌيل بهريسۃ من الجنۃ فأكلتها فأعطيت قوۃ أربعين رجالا في الجماع

“Jibril (alaihis salaam) brought hareesah to me from Jannah, so I ate it. Hence, I have been given the libido of 40 men.”

The following ‘Ulama have classified the hadith in question as Mawdoo’ (fabricated).

Hafiz Haithamî states in his Majma’ uz Zawa’id (page 38 volume 5) after mentioning this Hadith, (Hadith 465 in the text of al-Masnoo’ of Mulla Ali, not the Hadith in question) “In it’s chain of transmission is Muhammad ibn al-Hajjâj al-Lakhmi, and he is the one who has fabricated this Hadith”. (Sheikh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah, in his footnotes on the Masnoo’ of Mulla Ali al-Qari)

Hafiz al-Dhahabî states in his Mizaanul I’tidaal under the biography of Ibn al-Hajjaj, “He was a hareesa seller. He died in the year 181 AH”.

Ibn ‘Adiy states, “He fabricated the Hadith of hareesa”.

Imam Dâraqutni has said, “He is a liar”.

Ibn Ma’een has said “He is a liar, and evil.”

Hafiz ibn Hajar in Lisaanul Meezaan states regarding Ibn al-Hajjaj’s biography (page 117 volume 5)

Shaykh Abdul Fattâh Abu Ghuddah‘s footnote upon the Al-Masnoo’ fi Ma’rifatil Hadeethil Mawdhoo’ of Mulla Ali al-Qari.

Shaykh Ibn al-Qayyim, whilst recounting the signs of a fabricated Hadith in chapter 14 of his book Al Manaarul Muneef fis Saheeh wad Daeef, brings the 2nd ‘hadith’ quoted above as an example and then the Shaykh elaborates that the words of the hadith seem more reminiscent of being that of doctors and members of religious sects than those of the Messenger of Allah . According to Ibn al-Qayyim this indicates that the hadith is fabricated.

Muhammad ibn al-Hajjâj is also unfortunately the fabricator of the story of the killing of Asmaa bint Marwaan.

(By the way FYI, hareesa is a sweet dish made from wheat flour, Ghee and Honey or Sugar. It’s not the hot chily sauce, like some people eat in the maghreb)

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Now that you know it’s an ugly seller that concocted this report, will you reject this narration, or are you too aroused to accept the evidence ?

May Allah keep us safe and sound.

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The hadith of the benefits of some fruits/vegetables…


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

The Prophet (SAW) said that milk wipes away heat from the heart just as the finger wipes away sweat from the brow. It strengthens the back, increases the brain, augments intelligence, renews vision and drives away forgetfulness.

… is considered to be the best remedy for constipation when mixed in hot water. It is the food of foods, drink of drinks and drug of drugs; gives appetite, strengthens the stomach, eliminates phlegm, can be used as a meat preservative, hair conditioner, eye salve and mouthwash. It is not only beneficial to drink in the mornings in warm water; it is also a sunnah.

Excellent treatment for skin and hair, delays old age , treats inflammation of the stomach.

The Prophet (SAW) said that mushroom is a good cure for the eyes , it also serves as a form of birth control and arrests paralysis.

The Prophet was very fond of grapes. It purifies the blood, provides vigour and health, strengthens the kidneys and clears the bowels .

The Prophet (SAW) said that a house without dates has no food , also to be eaten at the time of childbirth.

It is a fruit from paradise and a cure for piles.

Good for fever in a soup form.

Melon contains 1000 blessings and 1000 mercies, the prophet SAW said “None of your women who are pregnant and eat of watermelon will fail to produce offspring who are good in countenance and good in character.

The Prophet (SAW) said it cleanses you of Satan and evil aspirations for 40 days.

The Prophet (SAW) said the best drink in this world and the next is water, when you are thirsty drink it by sips and not gulps, gulping produces sickness of the liver .

1. MILK : The narration you question regarding ‘Lubbaan’ which you have translated as milk has been classified as unauthentic. (see Tanzeehu Shari’ah vol.2 pg.262). the narration goes as : “Chew Libaan (a kind of gum), for it wipes away sadness from the heart as the finger wipes away sweat from the forehead. It strengthens the heart, augments the mind, increases the intelligence, polishes the sight, and expels forgetfulness.” This was reported by Ali ibn ‘Arraaq Al-Kinaani, the author of Tanzeeh Ash-Sharee’ah Al-Marfoo’ah ‘an Al-Ahaadeeth Ash-Shanee’ah Al-Mawdhoo’ah, and he commented on it saying: “In its chain of narrators, there is Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem ibn ‘Amr ibn Yoosuf about whom Ibn Mandah said: “He narrated Munkar (rejected) Ahaadeeth.”


2. MUSHROOM : Regarding the mushroom/truffle, it being a cure for the eyes is recorded by Imaam Bukhari in his Sahih (Hadith4487, 4639 and 5708). However, the type of mushroom referred to in this Hadith should be verified first. As for it being a form of birth control and that it arrests paralysis, this is not mentioned in the narration. To the contrary, Hafiz Ibnul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) has mentioned that it actually causes paralysis. (Zadul-Ma’ad vol.4 pg.361)

3. GRAPES : Rasulullah being very fond of grapes has been recorded by Imaam Abu Nu’aim in his al-Tibbun Nabawiy and Imaam ibn ‘Aadi in his al-Kaamil. Hafiz al-Iraaqi has classified these narrators as weak. (Takhureejul Ihyaa vol.2 pg.331)

4. DATES : Dates to be eaten at the time of birth is recorded by Imaam Abu Ya’ala in his Musnad (see Majma-uz-zawaaid vol.5 pg.39; also refer Tanzihu Shari’ah vol.1 pg.209, vol.2 pg.240). Though the Ulama have disputed its authenticity, its meaning may also be established by the Qur’aan (Surah Maryam verse25-26). Imaam Muslim and Tirmidhi among others have recorded the narration of Sayyidatuna Aaisha (Radhiallaahu Anhu) that Rasulullah said, ‘That house which doesn’t have dates has no food.’ (Sahih Muslim Hadith5305; Sunan Tirmidhi Hadith1815)

5. MELON : None of the narrations regarding the melon have been established besides the fact that Rasulullah , ate it. (see al-Maqaasidul Hasanah pgs175-176, al-la’alil masnoo’ah vol.2 pg.210 and al-Masnoo’ah of Mulla Ali Qari pg.77 and Al-Manar al-muneef by Ibn al-qayyim)

6. POMEGRENATE : This Hadeeth was narrated by Ibn ‘Adiyy among the Dha‘eef (weak) Ahaadeeth in his book entitled Al-Kaamil, and he ruled that it is fabricated. ‘Allamah Dhahabi has declared this Hadith a fabrication. (Siyar A’lamin Nubala, vol.9 pg.392)

7. Drinking water in sips and not in gulps has been mentioned in numerous Ahaadith recorded by Imaams: Baghawi, Tabraani, ibn Mandah and others (refer to Takhrijul Ihyaa vol.2 pg.334; Majma-uz-zawaaid vol.5 pg.80). However, we have not found any mention of ‘gulping causing a sickness of the liver’.

Many Muhaddithin (masters in Hadith) have stated that the ahadith mentioned on the benefits of fruits like the melon, pomegranate etc are all unreliable or even fabricated. (Kashful Khafaa 1/278,1/423, al-Manar an-Munif Pg.128)

It is proven that Nabi ate the majority of the items mentioned, however the specific benefits mentioned for most of these items are not proven from sound Ahadith.

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Now please don’t get me wrong, the fruits/vegetable mentioned certainly have good effects, but just don’t say the prophet said exactly what is written above.

Now that you know the narrations are not reliable please stop these chains and most importantly propagate the truth (pass this blog’s address for example).