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

One day in our mosque, a person
who claims to have knowledge gave
a speech after leading us in Thuhr
prayer. He told us that when
Khadeejah, the wife of the
Messenger of Allah (peace and
blessings of Allah be upon him),
died, he slaughtered a camel for her
and mourned for her for three days.
He said that this was narrated in
the hadeeth (narration) of Qatadah.
Then he quoted another hadeeth
but refused to say who narrated it.
He said that the Messenger of Allah
(peace and blessings of Allah be
upon him) said: “I am a tree, ‘Ali is
its trunk, Fatimah is its branches
and al-Hasan and al-Husayn are its
fruits.” Then he narrated a third
hadeeth in which he said that the
Messenger of Allah (peace and
blessings of Allah be upon him)
encountered a Jewish man one day
on one of the mountains of Makkah.
He said to him, “Will you not believe
in me?” The Jew said: “No, I do not
believe in you.” He said to him, ‘Call
this tree.” He said to it,
“Muhammad is calling you.” So the
tree came and lowered its branches
towards him, dragging its roots. He
said to it, “Who am I?” It said, “You
are Muhammad, the Messenger of
Allah.” The Jew uttered the
Shahadatayn (testimony of faith)
after that, then the tree ascended
to heaven and circumambulated the
Throne, the Kursiy (Footstool), al-
Lawh al-Mahfooz and the Pen, and it
asked Allah for permission to send
blessings upon the Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allah be upon him),
and he said, “O Jew, kiss the hands
and feet of the Messenger of Allah
(peace and blessings of Allah be
upon him).” Then he told another
story, in which he said that ‘Uthman
ibn ‘Affan (may Allah be pleased
with him) saw a man
circumambulating the Ka’abah and
said to him, “You are an adulterer.”
He said, “How do you know that?”
He said, “I knew it from your eyes.”
The man said: “I did not commit
adultery but I looked at a Jewish
woman.” The man said to ‘Uthman
ibn ‘Affan, “Did you know that
through revelation (wahy)?” He said,
“No, but it is the insight of the
believer.” When (this preacher) was
asked for evidence, his supporters
were about to attack us. We hope
you can give us a shar’i opinion on
this.

Answer

Praise be to Alaah
The stories which this preacher told
are all false and are lies against the
Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allah be upon him) that have no
basis. He did not mourn after the
death of Khadeejah (may Allah be
pleased with her), or slaughter a
camel, or invite the people to
mourn, as some people do
nowadays. He used to make a lot of
du’a (supplication) for Khadeejah
(may Allah be pleased with her), and
sometimes he would slaughter a
sheep and distribute the meat
among her friends as a gift and act
of kindness, and he would pray for
her and be kind to her by means of
this du’a.

Similarly, what he said about the
tree is also false and has no basis,
and what he said about the Jew is
all lies, like the lies made up by the
evil fabricators. The same applies to
what he narrated about ‘Uthman
(may Allah be pleased with him) and
that man. Moreover Qatadah was
not a Sahabi (Companion of the
Prophet), rather he was a Tabi’i
(Successor).
The point is that these four reports
are all false and are not sound at
all, But it was narrated in other,
saheeh hadeeths (authentic
narrations) that the Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allah be upon him)
called some trees and they came to
him– and that was one of the signs
of Prophethood. This story was
proven in Saheeh Muslim, where it
says that on one of his journeys he
wanted to relieve himself, so he
called two trees and they came
together, and he sat between them
to relieve himself, then each tree
went back to its place. This was a
sign from Allah that was evidence of
His almighty power, and that he
says to a thing “Be!” and it is. This
was also a sign of the truth of the
Messenger of Allah and that he was
indeed the Messenger of Allah. This
is something other than the story
that this liar told. We must beware
of these liars, and the preacher
must fear Allah when he preaches
to people; he should remind them of
things that will benefit them in
their spiritual and worldly affairs of
verses of the Quran and saheeh
hadeeths from the Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allah be upon him).
That is sufficient. It was narrated in
a saheeh hadeeth that the
Messenger of Allah (peace and
blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“Whoever narrates a hadeeth from
me knowing that it is false, he is
one of the liars.” (Narrated by
Muslim in his Saheeh). And he
(peace and blessings of Allah be
upon him) said: “Whoever narrated
from me something that I did not
say, let him take his place in
Hell.” (Saheeh, agreed upon). And
there are many similar hadeeths.

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