31. ‘Abdullah ibn Salam strong condemnation of ‘Uthman’s killing

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31. ‘Abdullah ibn Salam strong condemnation of ‘Uthman’s killing

 

 وَبِهِ قَالَ [إِسْحَاقُ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيْمَ]، أَخْبَرَنَا عَبْدُ الرَّزَّاقِ، حَدَّثَنَا مَعْمَرٌ، عَنْ أَيُوْبَ، عَنْ حُمَيْدِ بْنِ هِلَالٍ، عَنْ عَبْدِ اللهِ بْنِ سَلَامٍ أَنَّهُ قَالَ لَهُم: إِنَّ المَلَائِكَةَ لَمْ تَزَلْ مُحِيطَةً بِمَدِينَتِكُمْ هَذِهِ مُنْذُ أَنْ قَدِمَهَا رَسُولُ اللهِ إِلَى اليَوْمِ، وَلَئِنْ قَتَلْتُمُوهُ لَتَذْهَبَنَّ ثُمَ لَا تَعُودُ إِلَيْكُمْ أَبَدًا، وَإِنَّ السَّيْفَ لَا يَزَالُ مَغْمُودًا فِيْكُمْ، وَوَاللهِ لَئِنْ قَتَلْتُمُوهُ لَيَسُلُنَّهَا ثُمَ لَا يُغْمِدُهُ عَنُكُمْ أَبَدًا – أَوْ قَالَ: إِلَى يَوْمِ القِيَامَةِ، وَمَا قُتِلَ نَبِيٌّ قَطُّ إِلَا قُتِلَ بِهِ سَبْعُونَ أَلْفًا، وَلَا قُتِلَ خَلِيفَةٌ إِلَا قُتِلَ بِهِ خَمْسَةٌ وَثَلَاثُونَ أَلْفًا، قَالَ: ذُكِرَ أَنَّهُ قُتِلَ عَلَى دَمِ يَحْيَى بْنِ زَكَرِيَا سَبْعُونَ أَلْفًا

  1. and with this chain [Ishaq ibn Ibrahim narrated to us] [1]—’Abdul Razzaq narrated to us—Ma’mar narrated to us—from Ayub—from Humaid ibn Hilal—from ‘Abdullah ibn Salam, who said to them:

The angels never ceased surrounding this city since the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam entered it. If you kill him, they will never come back. The sword is still sheathed amongst you, by Allah if you kill him it will be unsheathed and will never be sheathed again—or he said, till the Day of Judgement. No Prophet was murdered except seventy thousand were killed because of his murder, and no Khalifah was murdered except that thirty five thousand are killed because of his murder.

He said, “It was mentioned that 70000 were killed because of Yahya ibn Zakariyya’s murder.”[2]

 

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[1] In the original it states, “Ishaq said—Ibrahim narrated to us,” which is incorrect. What we affirmed is correct as mentioned in Al Matalib al ‘Aliyah.

[2] The isnad is Da’if, but the tradition from ‘Abdullah ibn Salam is authentic with supporting evidence. Ishaq ibn Rahuyah narrates it in Al Matalib al ‘Aliyah (8/606) from ‘Abdul Razzaq al San’ani with this chain. The chain is Munqati (disjointed), Humaid ibn Hilal did not hear from ‘Abdullah ibn Salam. However, Ishaq reports it with two unbroken chains in another part of his book, other than the one mentioned. ‘Abdullah ibn Mughaffal appears between Humaid ibn Hilal and ‘Abdullah ibn Salam. Ibn Shabbah al Numairi narrates in Tarikh al Madinah (2045) from Musa ibn Ismail—from Abu Hilal—from Humaid ibn Hilal—from ‘Abdullah ibn Salam. AS a result of these corroborations, the narration is authentic.