Hadith 162: On the night of a full-moon, the Messenger of Allah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “Who will obtain water for us?” The people resisted.

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Hadith 162

لما كانت ليلة بدر، قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: من يستقي لنا من الماء؟ فأحجم الناس، فقام علي فاحتضن قربة، ثم أتى بئرا بعيدة القعر، مظلمة، فانحدر فيها، فأوحى الله عز وجل إلى جبريل، وميكائيل، وإسرافيل، تأهبوا لنصر محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم وحزبه، فهبطوا من السماء، لهم لغط يذعر من سمعه، فلما حاذوا البئر، سلموا عليه من عند آخرهم، إكراما وتجليلا.

On the night of the Battle of Badr, the Messenger of Allah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “Who will obtain water for us?” The people resisted. Then ‘Ali stood up and took hold of a water skin. Thereafter, he went to a well with a deep and dark hole. He descended into it. Suddenly, Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala sent wahi (revelation) to Jibril, Mikaʾil, and Israfil to prepare to help Muhammad salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and his group. They descended from the skies. There was a clamour with them (when they descended) that frightened whoever heard it. When they faced the well, they all greeted him out of respect and honour.


Al Qati’i and Ibn Shahin narrate this hadith — ‘Abdullah ibn Sulaiman ibn al Ash’ath narrated to us — Ishaq ibn Ibrahim al Nahshali narrated to us — Sa’d ibn al Salt narrated to us — Abu al Jarud al Rahbi narrated to us — from Abu Ishaq al Hamdani — from al Harith — from ‘Ali…[1]

Ibn ‘Asakir and Abu Nuaim narrate this hadith from al Nahshali.[2]

The chain of transmission contains the following defects:

  • Sa’d ibn al Salt’s correct name is Sa’id. Al Bukhari and Ibn Abi Hatim mention his biography without referencing anything (positive or negative) regarding his status as a narrator. Ibn Hibban, as usual, regarded him as a thiqah (reliable).
  • The person narrating from him was only regarded as a thiqah (reliable) by Ibn Hibban.
  • Abu al Jarud al Rahbi could not be traced. He is the one al Suyuti assumed that Ibn Hibban deemed a kadhdhab (liar), i.e. Ziyad ibn al Mundhir. However, there is no mention of (the name) al Rahbi in his biography.
  • Abu Ishaq is a mudallis[3] (obfuscates when he narrates) and a mukhtalit (commits serious errors).
  • Al Harith is al A’war. He is accused of lying.

Al Suyuti and Ibn ‘Iraq both mention this hadith in their respective works on fabrications.[4] It is mawdu’ (fabricated).


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[1] Al Qati’i: Zawaʾid Fadaʾil al Sahabah, 2/1049; Ibn Shahin: Sharh Mazahib Ahlus Sunnah, hadith no. 95.

[2] Ibn ‘Asakir: Tarikh Dimashq, 42/337; Abu Nuaim: Fadaʾil al Khulafaʾ al Rashidin, hadith no. 29.

[3] For an explanation of this term, Click Here. [translator’s note]

[4] Al Suyuti: al Ziyadat ‘ala al Mawdu’at, 1/244; Ibn ‘Iraq: Tanzih al Shari’ah, 1/395.

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