Hadith 43: Verily Allah has purified a nation of sins with the baldness from their heads (i.e. by making them bald). And verily ‘Ali is from them.

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Hadith 43

 

إن الله طهر قوما من الذنوب بالصلعة من رؤوسهم، وإن عليا لمنهم.

Verily Allah has purified a nation of sins with the baldness from their heads (i.e. by making them bald). And verily ‘Ali is from them.

 

Ibn ‘Adi narrates — I heard Ahmed ibn ‘Abdul Rahim say — Zurayq ibn Muhammad al Kufi narrated to us — Hammad ibn Zaid narrated to us — from Ayub — from ‘Ikrimah — from Ibn ‘Abbas who said, “The Messenger of Allah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said…”[1]

Ibn ‘Adi says this hadith is batil (false).

Al Sahmi says the hadith is munkar (unacceptable).

Ibn ‘Adi says Ahmed ibn ‘Abdul Rahim ibn ‘Abdul Razzaq Abu Jafar was shameless because he would narrate hadith from people who had already passed away long before he was even born.

Al Dhahabi says, “Ibn ‘Adi heard a false hadith from him.”[2]

Al Suyuti cites another chain of transmission of this hadith that was narrated by al Daylami.[3] The chain of transmission is batil (false). I do not know anyone in it except for the teacher of al Daylami. His name is ‘Abdaws ibn ‘Abdullah ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abdaws Abu al Fath al Hamdani. There is a difference of opinion regarding his status.[4]

Ibn ‘Asakir also narrates this hadith with a chain of transmission that is similarly batil (false).[5] It contains ‘Anbasah. He is da’if (weak).

It also contains the narrators’ ‘Umar ibn al Mukhtar ibn Yazid ibn Samurah, Rizq ibn ‘Abdul Rahman al Wasiti, al Hassan ibn Musa al Azdi, Abu Damurah, Abu al Hassan Muhammad ibn Sadaqah ibn al Hussain al Tamimi, and Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Ibrahim ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul ‘Aziz ibn ‘Abdullah al ‘Adawi. I could not trace any of them.

In short, the hadith is batil (false), munkar (unacceptable), and mawdu’ (fabricated).

 

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[1] Ibn ‘Adi: al Kamil, 1/204.

[2] Al Dhahabi: Mizan al I’tidal, 1/117.

[3] Al Suyuti: al Laʾali al Masnu’ah, 1/112.

[4] Ibn Hajar: Lisan al Mizan, 4/95.

[5] Ibn ‘Asakir: Tarikh Dimashq, 42/370.