On page 248, under the title, “The hadith of the fly,” Abu Rayyah says:
روى البجارى و ابن ماجه عن ابى هريرة ان النبى (ص) قال: اذا وقع الذباب فى اناء احدكم فليغمسه كله فان فى احد جناححيه داء والاخر شفاء
Al Bukhari and Ibn Majah report from Abu Hurairah that the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “If a fly falls in one your utensils, then you should dip the entire fly into it. This is because the one wing contains a disease and the other contains the cure.”
Abu Rayyah then gives in to his desires by commenting on the hadith in the following manner:
هذا الحديث قد وجد من نقد الباحثين ما لم يجده حديث اخر ذلك بان الذباب فى نفسه قذر تنفر النفوس من رؤيته فكيف يامر النبى بغمسه اذا سقط فى الاناء الذى فيه طعام او شراب ثم يتعاطون بعد ذلك ما فى الاناء؟
This hadith is the most criticised hadith by researchers. This is because the fly is a dirty creature. A person dislikes seeing it, so how could the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam command that it should be dipped if it falls into the utensil which has food or drink in it, especially when that utensil will be used to serve whatever is in it?
On page 254, he says:
ومن اجل ذلك قلنا: ان ابا هريرة قد اتى بهذا الحديث من كيسه ليحقق به حاجة فى نفسه
It is for this reason that we say, “Abu Hurairah produced this hadith from his pocket to achieve one of his own interests.”
Our comment: Abu Hurairah is not the sole narrator of this hadith. Imam Ahmed, al Nasa’i, and Ibn Majah have narrated it from Abu Sa’id al Khudri, and al Bazzar narrates it from Anas radiya Llahu ‘anhum. Further, we say to Abu Rayyah, ‘Calm down, we will narrate this hadith from those whom you feel comfortable with and whose sayings you believe. Those regarding whom you have said, “the Imami Shia do not accept any ahadith except those which are authentically narrated through the Ahlul Bayt from their fore-fathers, i.e. from al Sadiq — his father, al Baqir — his father, Zayn al ‘Abidin — Hussain al Sibt — his father, Amir al Mu’minin — from the Messenger, may the salutations of Allah be upon all of them. As for that which is narrated by the likes of Abu Hurairah… this holds no weight according to the Imamiyyah.”
Jabir reports from Imam Abu Jafar Muhammad al Baqir rahimahu Llah that the Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:
اذا وقع الذباب فى اناء احدكم فليغمسه كله فان فى احدى جناحيه شفاء وفى الاخز سما و انه يغمس جناحه المسموم فى الشراب و لا يغمس الذى فيه الشفاء فاغمسوها لئلا يضركم
If a fly falls in one of your utensils, then you should dip the entire fly into it. This is because the one wing contains the cure and the other contains poison. It only dips the poisonous wing in the drink and not the one with cure, so you should dip it in so that it does not harm you.
In al La’ali al Akhbar it is reported from the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam:
اذا وقع الذباب فى اناء احدكم فليغمسه فيه فان فى احدى جناحيه شفاء وفى الاخز سم
If a fly falls in one your utensils then you should dip the entire fly into it. This is because the one wing contains the cure and the other contains poison.
لا باس كل
There is no problem, eat.
The above quoted narrations will make it abundantly clear to anyone searching for the truth that the hadith of the fly has been narrated by many Sahabah as well as the Imams of the Ahlul Bayt. There is nothing beyond the truth except falsehood!
 Mustadrak al Wasa’il, 16/328; al Hilyah, pg. 606; Bihar al Anwar 61/312 # 7, 64/312, Bab al Dhubab wa l-Baqq wa l-Zanbur; Tibb al A’immah, pg. 106; al ‘Awali, 1/58.
 Al La’ali al Akhbar, 5/329, 2/317.
 Wasa’il al Shia, 16/378; al Tahdhib, 2/36.Back to top