فيك مثل من عيسى، أبغضته اليهود حتى بهتوا أمه، وأحبته النصارى حتى أنزلوه بالمنزلة التي ليس به. ثم قال: يهلك في رجلان: محب مفرط، يقرظني بما ليس في، ومبغض يحمله شنآني على أن يبهتني.
(The Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said to ‘Ali,) “There is in you the like of ‘Isa; the Yahud hated him to such an extent that they slandered his mother. The Nasara loved him to such an extent that they raised him to a status that he is not deserving of.” (Then ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu said) “Two types of people will be ruined because of me: someone who is extreme in their love for me, extoling such virtues of me which I do not possess, and someone who is extreme in their hatred, causing him to slander me.”
This hadith is narrated by ‘Ali. It has many (different) chains of transmission, including the following three:
- ‘Abdullah ibn Ahmed, al Hakim and others narrate from al Hakam ibn ‘Abdul Malik — from al Harith ibn Hasirah — from Abu Sadiq — from Rabi’ah ibn Najidh — from ‘Ali who said, “Nabi salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said to me…”
Al Hakam ibn ‘Abdul Malik is da’if (weak).
There is a difference of opinion regarding the status of al Harith ibn Hasirah.
Al Hakim says this hadith has an authentic chain and al Bukhari and Muslim did not include it in their respective collections. However, al Dhahabi remarked and said that al Hakam ibn ‘Abdul Malik was regarded as a feeble narrator by Ibn Ma’in (wahhahu).
Al Albani deemed the hadith da’if (weak).
However, there exists a tabi’ (parallel narration) for al Hakim that comes from Muhammad ibn Kathir al Mala’i. Al Bazzar narrates the following: Al Hassan ibn Yunus al Zayyat narrated to us — Muhammad ibn Kathir al Mala’i narrated to us — al Harith ibn Hasirah narrated to us — from Abu Sadiq — from Rabi’ah ibn Najid — from ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib radiya Llahu ‘anhu.
It appears as though Muhammad ibn Kathir is Muhammad ibn Kathir al Kufi. He is da’if (weak). There is a difference of opinion regarding the status of al Harith ibn Hasirah. However, there exists a tabi’ (parallel narration) for him from Sabbah al Muzani. Ibn ‘Asakir narrates this parallel narration with a chain of transmission that contains the narrator ‘Amr ibn Thabit. It appears as though ‘Amr ibn Thabit is (also known as) ibn Hurmuz. Ibn Hurmuz is a matruk narrator.
- Al Shajari narrates this hadith with a disparaged chain that contains numerous ‘ilal (hidden impairing defects). The wording of the hadith is munkar (unacceptable). Musa ibn Ibrahim al Marwazi al ‘Awar is either (known as) Abu ‘Imran al Marwazi or he is majhul (unknown). Regarding Abu ‘Imran al Marwazi, Yahya ibn Ma’in said he is a liar. Al Daraqutni and others said he is matruk.
- Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Zakariyya al Marwazi could not be traced. The narrator al Ashnani is da’if (weak), as it will come later (in the book).
- Ibn Hibban says, “‘Isa ibn ‘Abdullah ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Umar ibn ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib from Kufah narrates fabrications from his father; (and his father) from his forefather’s. It is not permissible to use him as a valid proof. It is as if he commits (serious) errors and mistakes, to such an extent that he brings forth fabrications from his predecessors. Therefore, on account of what I have described, whatever he narrates cannot be used as proof.” Ibn al Jawzi also mentions this hadith with a similar chain.
Imam al Suyuti (also) mentions this hadith.
 ‘Abdullah ibn Ahmed: Zawa’id al Musnad, 1/160, al Sunnah, hadith no 1262 and Zawa’id Fada’il al Sahabah, hadith nos. 1087, 1221 and 1222; al Hakim: Mustadrak al Hakim, hadith no. 4622.
 Al Albani: Silsilat al Ahadith al Da’ifah, hadith nos. 4842, 4904 and 5626.
 Al Bazzar: Musnad al Bazzar, hadith no. 758.
 Ibn ‘Asakir: Tarikh Dimashq, 42/296.
 Al Shajari: al Amali, 1/669.
 Imam al Dhahabi: Mizan al I’tidal, 4/199.
 Ibn Hibban: Kitab al Majruhin, 2/122.
 Ibn al Jawzi: al ‘Ilal al Mutanahiyah, 1/248.
 Imam al Suyuti: Dhayl al La’ali al Masnu’ah, 1/248.