Hadith 46: O ‘Ali, soon the rebellious group will fight you and you will be upon the truth. Therefore, whosoever does not support you on that day, he is not from me.

Hadith 45: (Anas radiya Llahu ‘anhu says,) “I entered the presence of ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib radiya Llahu ‘anhu with the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, he was visiting him while he was sick…
January 28, 2019
Hadith 47: (Abu Thabit, the mawla (client) of Abu Dharr said,) “I was with ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu on the Day (of the Battle) of the Camel.
January 28, 2019

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Hadith 46

 

يا علي ستقاتلك الفئة الباغية، وأنت على الحق، فمن لم ينصرك يومئذ فليس مني.

O ‘Ali, soon the rebellious group will fight you and you will be upon the truth. Therefore, whosoever does not support you on that day, he is not from me.

 

Ibn ‘Asakir narrates — from ‘Abdullah ibn Jafar al Maqdisi — Ibn Wahb narrated to us — from Ibn Lahi’ah — from Abu ‘Ushshanah[1] — from ‘Ammar ibn Yasir who said, ‘I heard the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam…’”[2]

The chain of transmission is wah (feeble).

Ibn Lahi’ah is da’if (weak), despite the extensive difference of opinion regarding him. Some hadith masters have excluded the narrations of the ‘Abadilah[3] from him (i.e. they accept his narrations when the ‘Abadilah narrate from him). Others have said he is generally da’if (weak). While others say he is generally acceptable.

Other hadith critics draw a distinction between those people who narrated from him before his books burnt and after. Others say he is da’if (weak) before and after his books burnt. The sounder opinion is to abandon his hadith on account of all the mistakes and differences of opinion of the hadith critics regarding him.

I could not trace ‘Abdullah ibn Jafar al Maqdisi. Perhaps he is the problem in the hadith.

It is true that the hadith of ‘Ammar is sahih (authentic); however, without the unacceptable addition, “…And you will be upon the truth. Therefore, whosoever does not support you on that day, he is not from me.”

 

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[1] The name appears as ‘Ushshaqah in the printed version of the book. The correct name is as I have mentioned above.

[2] Ibn ‘Asakir: Tarikh Dimashq, 42/473.

[3] The ‘Abadilah refer to ‘Abdullah ibn al Mubarak, ‘Abdullah ibn Wahb, and ‘Abdullah ibn Yazid ibn al Muqriʾ. [translator’s note]

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