`Abd al-Husayn Rejects the Hadith: “The Estate of Nabi salla Llahu `alayhi wa sallam is Sadaqah.”

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‘Abdul Hussain Rejects the Hadith: “The Estate of the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam is Sadaqah.”


On page 143, ‘Abdul Hussain quotes a hadith under the title, “The estate of the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam is sadaqah”. Imam al Bukhari and Imam Muslim report on the authority of Abu Hurairah radiya Llahu ‘anhu that the Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:


لا يقتسم ورثتي دينارا ولا درهما ما تركت بعد نفقة نسائي ومئونة عاملي فهو صدقة

Not a dinar or a dirham will be divided from my inheritance. Whatever exceeds the expenditure of my wives and the wages of my governors, from that which I leave behind, will be sadaqah.


He then tries to create doubts regarding the hadith saying:


هذا مضمون الحديث الذي انفرد أبو بكر بروايته عن رسول الله  محتجا به على عدم توريث الزهراء ….وقد انفرد الخليفة به ولم يروه على عهده احد سواه ، وربما قيل بأنه قد رواه معه مالك بن أوس الحدثان

Abu Bakr is the only one who narrates this subject matter directly from the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. He used as evidence to prove that al Zahra’ is not entitled to any inheritance. The khalifah is the sole narrator of this hadith. None have narrated it in his era besides him. It is claimed at times, that Malik ibn Aws al Hadathan also narrates it.


Our comment: I wish to correct this author; Abu Bakr was not the sole narrator of this hadith. Rather, it was narrated by the following people as well:

  1. ‘Umar radiya Llahu ‘anhu
  2. ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu
  3. Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas radiya Llahu ‘anhu
  4. ‘Abbas radiya Llahu ‘anhu
  5. ‘Abdur Rahman ibn ‘Awf radiya Llahu ‘anhu
  6. Zubair ibn al ‘Awwam radiya Llahu ‘anhu
  7. Abu Hurairah radiya Llahu ‘anhu
  8. Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha
  9. Talhah radiya Llahu ‘anhu
  10. Hudhayfah radiya Llahu ‘anhu
  11. Ibn ‘Abbas radiya Llahu ‘anhu


Now I wish to ask: Was this hadith narrated only by Abu Bakr or Abu Hurairah radiya Llahu ‘anhuma? Do you not feel ashamed of adopting this warped methodology?’ Without any shame or feelings, you wish to convince us that your lies and deception are the absolute truth. What happened to academic honesty? Where did the professionalism, which you claimed, go to?

Furthermore, your reliable narrators from the Ahlul Bayt have also narrated this narration. Al Kulayni reports in al Kafi from Hammad ibn ‘Isa from al Qaddah, who narrates from Imam Jafar that the Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:


من سلك طريقاً يطلب فيه علماً سلك الله به طريقاً إلى الجنة… وفضل العالم على العابد كفضل القمر على سائر النجوم ليلة البدر ، وإن العلماء ورثة الأنبياء لم يرثوا ديناراً ولا درهماً ، ولكن ورثوا العلم ، فمن أخذ منه أخذ بحظ وافر

Whoever sets out in search of knowledge, Allah will make the pathway to Jannat easy for him… The superiority of a scholar over a worshipper is like that of the moon over all the stars on the fourteenth night. The scholars are the heirs of the Prophets, who do not leave as inheritance dinars and dirhams. Instead, they leave behind knowledge. Therefore, the one who acquired it, acquired a great share.[1]


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[1] Al Kafi, 1/34, chapter of the reward of a scholar and a student.

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