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Is Ramadhan fast suspended until zakat al-fitr is given ?

  • Status : EXTREMELY WEAK, rejected

In order to stress the importance of giving zakaat-ul-fitr (sadaqat-ul-fitr), many quote the following report :

The fast remains suspended between the heavens and the earth until Sadaqatul Fitr is discharged

It was narrated by Ibn al-Jawzi in al-Waahiyaat and he said: it is not saheeh; its isnaad includes Muhammad ibn ‘Ubayd al-Basri who is majhool (unknown).

It was also classed as da’eef by al-Albaani in Silsilat al-Ahaadeeth al-Da’eefah (43). He said: Even if the hadeeth were saheeh, the apparent meaning is that acceptance of the Ramadaan fast is dependent upon payment of sadaqat al-fitr, and if a person does not pay it, his fast will not be accepted, but I do not know of any scholar who says that … and the hadeeth is not saheeh. End quote.

As the hadeeth is not saheeh, no one can say that the fast of Ramadaan is only accepted with zakaat al-fitr.

The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) enjoined zakaat al-fitr as a purification for the fasting person from idle speech and obscene talk, and to feed the poor.” Sunan Abi Dawood.

This hadeeth explains the wisdom behind zakaat al-fitr, which is to make up for any shortfall that occurred during fasting. It does not say that fasting will not be accepted without zakaat al-fitr.


Posted in Mawdu hadith

Surviving month of Safar will get you Jannah ‽

  • Status : FABRICATED

Here is the false report on the islamic month of Safar :

“Anyone who gives me the good news that he survived Safar, I will give him the good news of that person’s entering Paradise”

This narration is classified a fabrication by Imam Saghani and Mulla ‘Ali Qârî.
‘Allamah ‘Ajlûni concurs with their decision too (Kashful Khafa, Hadith:2416)

By the way, the actual words are of this false hadith are : “Whoever gives me the good news of Safar departing, I will …”
Some people thus quoted it with the words: “Whoever gives me the good news of the commencement of Rabi’ul Awwal…
These are both the same as Rabi’ul Awwal follows Safar, so the departing of Safar actually means the starting of Rabi’ul Awwal.

Even though people relate this false hadith falsely, in the end, both reports are baseless.

Mufti Taqi Usmani (hafidhahullah) has written the following regarding the month of Safar:

“Safar is the second month in the Islamic calendar. It is one of the ‘Al-Ash’hur-ul-Hurum’, the four sanctified months in which battle was prohibited in the days of the Prophet of Allah . However, no specific mode of worship or other special rules are set by the Shariah to observe in this month.

Some people believe that this month is an unlucky month and therefore avoid marriage ceremonies or any other happy gatherings in this month. This belief is totally baseless and it is a part of the superstitions rampant in the ignorant of Arabia before the advent of Islam.” (Islamic Months p.23)

Rasulullah said “nor is there [any bad omen in the month of] Safar”

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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.

Posted in Mawdu hadith

Rajab is Allah’s month, Sha’baan is My month…?

  • Status : FABRICATED

It is said the following is a hadeeth :

“Rajab is Allaah’s month, Shaban is My month and Ramadaan is the month of my Ummah.”

This “hadith” is a fabrication (mawdhu).

The Sanad (chain of narrators) includes 1) Abu Bakr ibn Al-Hasan Al-Naqqash, who is accused of fabrication, and 2) Al-Kissa’y who is unknown and his name was mentioned in “Al-La’ali’ fi Al-Mawdu`at”, a book about fabricated Hadiths.

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So it is not permissible to quote this report as a ‘hadith’, when you have these 3 giant scholars from different backgrounds agreeing on its spuriousness.

Lastly don’t hesitate to spread this post or to let me know of any famous fabricated hadith, jazakumullahu khayran.

Posted in Mawdu hadith, No reference

Fabricated ahadith about month of Muharram…

Some people attribute the sanctity of ‘Ashura’ to the martyrdom of Sayyidna Husain [Radi-Allahu anhu], during his battle with the Syrian army. No doubt, the martyrdom of Sayyidina Husain [Radi-Allahu anhu] is one of the most tragic episodes of our history. Yet, the sanctity of ‘Ashura’ cannot be ascribed to this event for the simple reason that the sanctity of ‘Ashura’ was established during the days of the Holy Prophet much earlier than the birth of Sayyidna Husain [Radi-Allahu anhu].

Consequently, deviated groups have been propagating  lies about this event together with baseless and bid’ati acts during the month of Muharram. Hereunder are some frequently observed:

  • That the person applying kohl on this day will not have any pain in the eyes for the entire year.
  • That the person who baths on this day will not suffer any illness for the year.
  • That there is a special salaah to be performed on this day.
  • That the repentance of Sayyidina Aadam [alayhis salaam] was accepted on this day.
  • That the ark of Sayyidina Nooh [as] settled on Mount Judi on this day.
  • That on this day Allaah grehuned Sayyidina Yusuf [as]  his father Sayyidina Ya’qoob [as].
  • That Sayyidina Ibraheem [as] was saved from the fire on this day.
  • That on this day Allah sent the ram to be sacrificed in place of Sayyidina  Isma’eel [as]

(An authentic hadith reported in Tirmidhi states that Qiyaamah will take place on a Friday.
 However, no authentic hadith says that this Friday will fall on the month of Muharram (i.e. the day of Aashura). A hadith of this nature has been classified as a fabrication by Sheikh Ali bin Muhammad Ibn Arraaq (Rahimahullah) and by Allaama Suyuti (rahimahullah). A person called  Habîb Ibn Abi Habîb has concocted it)

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Posted in No reference, Tales

Give news of Rabî’-ul-Awwal = fire of hell Haraam ‽

  • Status: NO SOURCE

The following famous ‘Hadith‘ is being circulated via email:

The Prophet Sallallaahu alaihi wasallam has said, “Whoever is the first to give another person the news about the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal, the fire of hell is Haraam for them

The Council of Muslim Theologians of Souh Africa writes :

We have not come across a Hadeeth in which it is mentioned that the fire of Hell is Haraam upon the first person who gives the news about Rabi’ul Awwal.

If this Hadeeth is fabricated and was not mentioned by Rasulullah , the person who fabricated the Hadith as well as all those who convey the Hadeeth are deserving of the severe warning of Rasulullah who said, “To fabricate my words is not like fabricating any other person’s words. The person who fabricates my words should prepare an abode for himself in the fire of hell.” (Sahih al Bukhari, Hadith #1291).

Unfortunately, due to wide spread ignorance, e-mails containing false information and fabricated Ahadeeth are widely circulated. The creators of such e-mails as well as those who forward them to others should take heed of the severe warning of Rasulullah . It is therefore imperative that one exercises caution when one receives e-mails of such a nature wherein there is no authentic reference mentioned. Such e-mails or pieces of information should be referred to reliable and learned scholars for verification.

Note : Apparently some ignoramuses in fact also throw this report for the month of  Safar, Rajab and Dhul-Hijjah. So all you have to do is announce the news of either months and you’ll have 4/12 chances of getting into jannah every year if you were to believe everybody on the net !

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Source 3 (version with Dhul Hijja)

Source 4 (version with Rajab)

Source 5 (version with all months)

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Source 7 (version with Ramadhan)