On page 177, ‘Abdul Hussain says: “Similar to it is the hadith,
أن إبراهيم (ع) قد واختتن بالقدوم بعد ثمانين سنة من عمره
Prophet Ibrahim ‘alayh al Salam underwent circumcision after reaching the age of eighty.
Our comment: This objection can be answered in two ways:
Firstly, al Muhallab says that the circumcision of Ibrahim ‘alayh al Salam after the age of eighty is not something which is deemed compulsory on account of his action, this is because normally, people pass away before the age of eighty. He ‘alayh al Salam, however, performed the circumcision when Allah revealed to him and commanded him to do so.
Secondly, your infallible Imam narrated this. Ni’mat Allah al Jaza’iri reports in Qisas al Ambiya’ with a chain from al Kazim who narrates that the Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:
أول من قاتل في سبيل الله ابراهيم الخليل (ع) حيث أسرت الروم ولوطا (ع) فنفر ابراهيم (ع) واستنقذه من أيدهم ، وأول من اختتن ابراهيم بالقدوم على رأس ثمانين سنة .
The first person who fought in the path of Allah was Ibrahim ‘alayh al Salam. The romans took Lut ‘alayh al Salam as a prisoner, so he went with an army and saved him, and the first person to undergo circumcision was Ibrahim ‘alayh al Salam. He underwent circumcision upon reaching the age of eighty.
Why was Abu Hurairah radiya Llahu ‘anhu singled out as a target for criticism?
 Sahih al Bukhari, al Isti’dhan, al Ambiya’; Sahih Muslim, al Fada’il.
 Refer to Fath al Bari, 11/92.
 Qisas al Ambiya’, pg. 113.Back to top