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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
Question

I have got a question regarding a
hadeeth (prophetic narration). How
sound is the hadeeth that states,
that were it not for Muhammad
(peace and blessings of Allah be
upon him) Allah would not have
created this world?
To be honest I am a bit suspicious
about this hadeeth, could you shed
some light on the matter?

Answer

Praise be to Alaah
Many false and fabricated ahadeeth
(narrations) have been narrated
that say similar things. For
example:
“Were it not for you, I would not
have created the universe.”
This was quoted by al-Shawkani in
al-Fawaid al-Majmoo’ah fi’l-
Ahadeeth al-Mawdoo’ah (p. 326). He
said:
Al-San’ani said: (it is)
mawdoo’ (fabricated).
Al-Albani said in al-Silsilah al-
Da’eefah (282): (it is) mawdoo’.
Another example is the hadeeth
narrated by al-Hakim according to
which Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be
pleased with him) said:

“Allah revealed to ‘Eesa (Jesus,
peace be upon him): ‘O ‘Eesa,
believe in Muhammad, and tell
whoever you meet of your ummah
(followers) to believe in him. For
were it not for Muhammad, I would
not have created Adam, and were it
not for Muhammad, I would not
have created Paradise and Hell. I
created the Throne over the water
and it would not settle until I wrote
on it, La ilaha ill-Allah Muhammad
Rasool Allah (There is no god but
Allah and Muhammad is the
Messenger of Allah).”
Al-Hakim said: its isnad (chain of
narration) is saheeh! But al-Thahabi
commented on this and said: I
believe it is fabricated and falsely
attributed to Sa’eed.
Meaning, Sa’eed ibn Abu ‘Aroobah
(one of the narrators of this
hadeeth). This hadeeth was
narrated from him by ‘Amr ibn Aws
al-Ansari, who is the one who is
accused of fabricating it. Al-Thahabi
mentioned him in al-Meezan where
he said: “He produced a munkar
(rejected) report,” then he quoted
this hadeeth, and said, “I believe
that it is mawdoo’ (fabricated).” Al-
Hafiz Ibn Hajar agreed with him, as
it says in al-Lisan.
Al-Albani said in al-Silsilah al-
Da’eefah (280): There is no basis for
it.
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may
Allah have mercy on him) was
asked:
Is the hadeeth which some people
quote – “Were it not for you, Allah
would not have created the Throne
or the Kursiy (lit. Footstool) or the
earth or the heavens or the sun or
the moon or anything else” saheeh
or not?

He replied:
Muhammad (peace and blessings of
Allah be upon him) is the leader of
the sons of Adam (peace be upon
him), and the best and noblest of
creation, hence some people say
that Allah created the universe
because of him, or that were it not
for him, Allah would not have
created the Throne or the Kursiy or
the earth or the heavens or the sun
or the moon.
But this hadeeth that is narrated
from the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allah be upon him) is
neither saheeh (sound) nor da’eef
(weak), and it was not narrated by
any scholar in a hadeeth from the
Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allah be upon him). Neither was it
known from the Sahabah/
Companions (may Allah be pleased
with them). Rather it is the words
of one who is unknown.

Majmoo’ al-Fatawa, 11/86-96.
The Standing Committee was asked:
Can it be said that Allah created the
heavens and the earth for the
purpose of creating the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allah be
upon him)? What is the meaning of
the hadeeth, “Were it not for you
the universe would not have been
created,” and does this hadeeth
have any basis?
They replied:
The heavens and the earth were not
created for the sake of the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allah be
upon him), rather they were created
for the purpose which Allah
mentions (interpretation of the
meaning):
“It is Allah Who has created seven
heavens and of the earth the like
thereof (i.e. seven). His Command
descends between them (heavens
and earth), that you may know that
Allah has power over all things, and
that Allah surrounds all things in
(His) Knowledge.” [65:12]
As for the hadeeth mentioned, it is
falsely attributed to the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allah be
upon him) and has no sound basis.
Fatawa al-Lajnah al-Daimah, 1/312

Shaykh Ibn Baz was asked about
this hadeeth and he said:
The answer is that this was
transmitted from the words of some
of the common people who have no
understanding. Some people say
that the world was created for the
sake of Muhammad (peace and
blessings of Allah be upon him) and
were it not for Muhammad the
world would not have been created
and mankind would not have been
created. This is false and has no
basis, and these are corrupt words.
Allah created the world so that He
would be known and worshipped. He
created the world and He created
mankind so that His names and
attributes, His power and
knowledge, would be known and so
that He alone would be worshipped
with no partner or associate, and so
that He would be obeyed – not for
the sake of Muhammad or for the
sake of Nooh or Moosa or ‘Eesa or
any other Prophet (peace be upon
them all). Rather Allah created the
universe so that He alone would be
worshipped, with no partner or
associate.
Fatawa Noor ‘ala al-Darb, 46.

And Allah knows best.

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