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Wrong Ahadith, be aware

Updated on December 29, 2013

{And let there be [arising] from you a nation inviting to [all that is] good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong, and those will be the successful.} Quran 3:104

I pray Allah to help us be like He ordered us to be. Brothers and sisters, Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatu Allah.


I am writing these lines today to appeal your consciences. Many wrong Ahadith (sayings of the prophet peace be upon him) can be found nowadays all over the net, be it mails, facebook status, tweets, blog posts, ... It is becoming more serious day by day. The question now is, of course, from where do these wrong Ahadith take origin? But also, who is responsible on spreading them? And compared to the first question, answering this one is so easy.

Trying to introduce the answer, let's talk a bit about how much important is to transmit the right teachings of our prophet to our Muslim brothers and sisters and to the world wide.

Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Amr:

The Prophet said, "Convey (my teachings) to the people even if it were a single sentence,..." Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 56, Number 667

Sharing our knowledge with the others and transmitting the teaching of our prophet (p.b.u.h), talks and acts, is much important in Islam. Learning about our religion and helping our Muslim brothers acquiring more knowledge is, in fact, our duty as Muslims. And this Hadith came to show that even a single verse, a single sentence, is well rewarded In shaa Allah.


Note that sharing about religion doesn't mean to oblige people to convert. It only means to inform them about the truth we know and to let their minds decide. {There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.} Quran 2:256

Coming back to the topic. When reading such Hadith and surfing the verses of Quran, many Muslims get excited to share with their brothers any information they find, and forget the last part of the previous Hadith:

Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Amr: "And whoever tells a lie on me intentionally, will surely take his place in the (Hell) Fire." Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 56, Number 667

In reality, they believe easily in whatever Hadith they read. They don't take time to verify and directly share it to gain rewards. Thus, they fall into the trap of lying against the prophet.

Internet is a place (fictive) where any information can be spread in seconds. So you have to be sure whether what you share will help you enter Jannah (paradise) or throw you in Hell. I am absolutely not doubting about your intentions brothers and sisters, but if we can erase our ignorance, then why not to erase it? Still it is our mistake if these fake Ahadith can easily be found on the net.

Verifying takes practically no effort at all. Buy a book, ask about the Hadith on any Sheikh reliable website, or check the previous questions that were answered by the Sheikh. Also, when you see a wrong Hadith being shared by people, say it out loud: "This hadith is wrong according to this or that Fatwa by Sheikh or Mufti (name)". Don't share any Hadith without sanad or Isnad, every hadith has a chain of narrators according to which the Hadith is classified, so mention the Darajah of Hadith too. If a hadith is weak, then people have the right to know.

So when receiving a mail containing a Hadith or when reading a Hadith online, all what you have to do is:

1- Verify the Hadith in any Hadith book you have. If you don't have any and can't buy none, try to download one online, or ask a Sheikh (Imam) directly, or try to look for an answer to your question in a trusted site of a known Sheikh. I insist on the fact that the website should be a trustable one because as we can find a lot of correct information online, we can find many wrong ones either. An example of this is the fake Ahadith we are talking about and that many people take as Sahih ones.

2- If the Hadith is false, don't send it to anyone. Don't even send notifying them that this Hadith is fake because there are a lot of weak souls who help spreading it more and more.

3- Send a feedback to the one who published it or sent it informing him that the Hadith is wrong and that he has to erase it from his website, or to stop sending it if you obtained the Hadith by mail and ask the sender to notify all those to whom the Hadith was sent and to ask them to notify those to whom they sent too to restore the chain.

4- If you sent it before verifying and then you came to know that it was a fake one, send informing those to whom you transmitted the Hadith and ask them to inform the ones to whom they transferred the mail.

Dear brothers and sisters, as we contributed in spreading wrong Ahadith over the net, let's help each other cleaning it. Let's ignore the exciting words we receive or read everywhere after these Ahadith "Share and you will gain rewards" and they precise how many Hasanah we will gain too. Allah gives the Muhsinin (Those who do good) according to His mercy and generosity, and He is the Most Merciful, the Ever Providing. So 100000000 (add as many zeros as you want) for Allah, if He wants, is but a few. Ignore this kind of sentences and verify. Share only what you are sure that our beloved prophet said Jazakum Allah.

Note: The Hadith I shared in this article is Marfu'. To see the chain of narrators (in Arabic) click here.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Masha Allah great article, jazakkalahu khyr.

      But it wasn't stated clearly that those who share a hadith which is not sahih out of ignorance.. (So they shouldn't be left in a state confusion as ti whether they sin or not) They are forgiven as stated in last verse of surah baqara.. and Allah knows best.

      In addition also the link for the hadith shared is not working.

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      forall 3 years ago

      Wa Iyyak In Shaa Allah brother/sister

      I am sorry for the link. Here it is

      About sinning, the article just tries to help people understand that the responsibility is theirs especially that now ignorance can't be a reason when everything is easy to learn/verify. I really tried to talk generally and left Judgment, punishment and forgiveness to Allah, or to those who are more knowledgable... and focused on showing the greatness of what we do regardless to our intentions.

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      abcdefg 3 years ago

      Yeah is okay then... understand :-)

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      forall 2 years ago

      Alhamdu Lillah :)

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