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The Hadeeth, “If You See Poverty Coming To You Then Say, ‘Welcome, O Sign Of The Righteous’”

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

How sound is the hadeeth
(prophetic narration), “Allah
revealed to one of His prophets, ‘If
you see poverty coming to you then
say, Welcome, O sign of the
righteous, and if you see richness
coming to you, then say, A sin
whose punishment has been
hastened’”?

Answer

Praise be to Allah.
This hadeeth was narrated by al-
Daylami in Musnad al-Firdaws – as
al-Hafiz al-‘Iraqi said – from the
report of Makhool from Abu’l-Darda.
It is a da’eef (weak) hadeeth, for
Makhool did not hear anything from
Abu’l-Darda.
See Takhreej Ihya ‘Uloom al-Deen,
4/191.
It was also narrated by Abu Na’eem
in al-Hilyah (6/5) from the report of
Mujahid from Ka’b al-Ahbar.
And he narrated it in 6/37 from the
report of Qutadah from Ka’b al-
Ahbaar.

Both isnads (chains of narration)
include Ishaq ibn Bishr al-Kahili,
who is matrook [i.e., his hadeeth is
not accepted]. Abu Zar’ah said: he
used to tell lies.
Al-Daraqutni said he is kaththab
matrook (i.e., a liar whose hadeeth
is not to be accepted). Al-Azdi said:
his hadeeth is to be rejected and is
not valid, and he was accused of
lying. Ibn Hibban said: he used to
fabricate hadeeth and attribute
them to trustworthy narrators
(thiqat); his hadeeth should not be
written down except by way of
amusing oneself with something
weird.
See al-Jarh wa’l-Ta’deel, 2/214; al-
Du’afa wa’l-Matrookeen by Ibn al-
Jawzi, 1/100.
He is one of the storytellers and
time-wasters. Al-Thahabi said in his
biography of him: the shaykh, the
scholar, the storyteller, the weak
narrator (da’eef), the time-waster,
Abu Hudhayfah Ishaq ibn Bishr ibn
Muhammad ibn ‘Abd-Allah ibn Salim
al-Hashimi, whose teacher was al-
Bukhari the author of al-Mubtada,
which is a well known book in two
volumes. Ibn Jareer and others
narrated from him, and in it he
spoke of weird and disastrous
things.

Siyar A’lam al-Nubala, 9/477, 478.

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