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‘Abdul Hussain Rejects the Hadith: “Bad Omen is Confined to Women and Animals”


On page 197, ‘Abdul Hussain states:


ومنها: أن رجلين دخلا على عائشة فقالا: أن أبا هريرة يحدث عن رسول الله(ص)  أنه قال: إنما الطيرة في المرأة والدابة فطارت عائشة شغفاً ثم قال:كذب والذي أنزل القرآن على أبي القاسم من حدث بهذا عن رسول الله(ص) ؟ الحديث

From it (his narrations) is two men visited Aisha and said, “Abu Hurairah narrates from the Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam that he said, ‘Bad omen is only found in women and animals.’ Aisha flew into a fit of rage and said, ‘By the oath of the one who revealed the Qur’an upon Abu al Qasim, whoever narrates this from the Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam has lied.’”[1]


Our comment: Why does ‘Abdul Hussain reject the narration of Abu Hurairah radiya Llahu ‘anhu whereas he has no issues with the ahadith of the Imams which correspond to the ahadith of Abu Hurairah radiya Llahu ‘anhu and are at times identical to his? Why does he single out Abu Hurairah radiya Llahu ‘anhu as a target for his criticism? Khalid ibn Najih reports from Imam Jafar rahimahu Llah:


تذاكروا الشؤم عنده، فقال: الشؤم في ثلاثة : في المرأة والدابة الدار ، فأما شؤم المرأة فكثرة مهرها وعقوق زوجها ، أما الدابة فسوء خلقها ومنعها ظهرها ، وأما الدار فضيق ساحتها وشر جيرانها وكثرة عيوبها

A discussion concerning bad omen ensued in his presence, so he commented, “Bad omen can be found in three objects; a woman, an animal and a house. As for a woman, it is on account of her excessive expenses and her disobedience towards her husband. With regards to the animal, it is when it misbehaves and does not offer its back (to the rider). The house is included when it has a very small courtyard, the neighbours are evil people and it has many defects.”[2]


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[1]  ‘Abdul Hussain says in his footnote, “Reported by Ibn Qutaybah in Ta’wil Mukhtalaf al Hadith (page 126 onwards).”

[2]Al Kafi, 5/568; Hilyat al Muttaqin, pg. 586; Bihar al Anwar, 73/149, # 6; al Tahdhib, 7/399; Wasa’il al Shia, 14/78, # 1.

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