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‘Abdul Hussain Rejects the Hadith: “There is No Contagious (Illness), No (Evil Omen) in Safar and No Hamah”

 

On page 159, under the title, “Two contradictory ahadith”, he says:

 

أخرج البخاري من طريق أبي سلمة عن أبي هريرة مرفوعا لا عدوى ولا صفر ولا هامة قال فقال أعرابي يا رسول الله فما بال الإبل تكون في الرمل كأنها الظباء فيخالطها البعير الأجرب فيجربها؟ فقال رسول الله(ص)  فمن أعدى الأول .

Al Bukhari reports from Abu Salamah from Abu Hurairah who narrates that the Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “There is no contagious (illness), no (evil omen) in Safar, and no Hamah (reincarnation).”

A villager asked, “O Messenger, what about the camels which, when in the desert looks like deers, but when a camel with scabies mixes with them, then they also contract the illness?”

The Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam replied, “Who transferred it to the first one?”

 

He tries to create doubts regarding the hadith saying:

 

أورد البخاري هذا الحديث ثم روى بعده بلا فصل وعن أبي سلمة أنه سمع أبا هريرة فيما بعد يحدث فيقول: قال النبي(ص): لا يوردن ممرض على مصح فقال أبو سلمة يا أبا هريرة ألم تحدث أنه لا عدوى قال فأنكر حديثه الأول ورطن بالحبشية قال أبو سلمة فما رأيته نسي حديثا غيره

 قلت: هذا شأن من لا تتساير خيلاه وكفى بهذا بلاغا

Al Bukhari reported this hadith and immediately thereafter he reported from Abu Salamah that he heard Abu Hurairah narrating a hadith after some time. He said, “The Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, ‘A sick person should not come in front of a healthy person.” Thereupon, Abu Salamah asked, “O Abu Hurairah, did you not narrate that there are no contagious illnesses?” He rejected his first hadith and babbled something in the Abyssinian language. Abu Salamah says, “I did not see him forgetting any other hadith.”

I say, this, always, was the state of those who walk in two different ways.

 

Our comment: Al Bukhari reported this hadith from Abu Hurairah, Ibn ‘Umar, and Anas ibn Malik radiya Llahu ‘anhum in his Sahih. Al Tabari reports it from Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha and Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas radiya Llahu ‘anhu, and Muslim reports it from Abu Hurairah, Sa’ib ibn Yazid, Jabir, Anas and Ibn ‘Umar radiya Llahu ‘anhum. Thus, Abu Hurairah radiya Llahu ‘anhu is not the only one who narrates the hadith. Rather a number of Sahabah have also narrated it. Your scholar, al Nuri reports it in his Mustadrak al Wasa’il[1]. He has a chapter titled, “The repugnance of fearing contagiousness and the repugnance of safar for animals and other items.” Under this chapter, he narrates the hadith of Abu Hurairah radiya Llahu ‘anhu which you have rejected.

If ‘Abdul Hussain believes that these two narrations of Abu Hurairah radiya Llahu ‘anhu were in contradiction, as he deceptively claimed, then let him have a look at the treasure of contradictions ascribed to the Ahlul Bayt. They have also reported this hadith. Al Nadr ibn Qarwash al Jammal narrates regarding Imam Jafar rahimahu Llah:

 

سألته عن الجمال يكون بها الجرب أعزلها من ابلي مخافة أن يعديها جربها ، والدابة ربما صفرت لها حتى تشرب الماء ، فقال أبوعبدالله     الشاة والبقرة ان اعرابيا أتى رسول الله فقال: يارسول الله أني أصيب الشاة والبقربالثمن اليسير وبها جرب ، فأكره شرائها مخافة أن يعدي ذلك الجرب ابلي وغنمي فقال: رسول الله: يا أعرابي فمن أعدى الأول ؟ ثم قال رسول الله لا عدوى ولا طيرة ولا شوم ولاصفر ولارضاع بعد فصال

I asked him regarding a camel that had scabies, as I separated it from my camel, fearing that the scabies will spread to my camel. Sometimes it would make way for her to drink water. Imam Jafar rahimahu Llah replied, “A villager came to the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and asked, “I find sheep and cows for really low prices, but they are affected by scabies. I dislike purchasing them fearing that the sheep and cows will spread that scabies to my camels and goats.”

The Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam replied, “O villager, who spread it to the first one?”

Thereafter the Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “There are no contagious illnesses, there is no (reality to making decisions based on the flight directions of) birds, there is no bad omen, no (bad omen in) Safar, and no breast feeding after (the child has been) weaned off.”[2]

 

Al Faqih quotes al Sadiq who said:

 

فر من المجذوم فرارك من الاسد

Flee from the leper just as you flee from the lion.[3]

 

Al Jaza’iri states in al Anwar al No’maniyyah:

 

وروى عنه  إنه قال: “ لا يورد ممرض على مصح وقال  فر من المجذوم فرارك من الأسد

It has been narrated from him that he said, “A sick person should not appear before a healthy person and flee from the leper just as you flee from the lion.”[4]

 

Why was there such an attack and so much of hatred displayed for the narrator of Islam, Abu Hurairah radiya Llahu ‘anhu? With every insult that you have directed to Abu Hurairah radiya Llahu ‘anhu, you have equally insulted the Imams of the Ahlul Bayt.

 

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[1] Mustadrak al Wasa’il, 8/278-279.

[2]Wasa’il al Shia, 8/370; al Rawdah, pg. 196; Bihar al Anwar, 58/318.

[3] Al Faqih, 4/258.

[4] Al Anwar al No’maniyyah, 2/145.

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