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Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam entered my presence while there was a mukhannath by me

 

عن زينب بنت أبي سلمة عن أمها أم سلمة رضي الله عنها دخل علي النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم و عندي مخنث فسمعه يقول لعبد الله بن ابي أمية يا عبد الله أرأيت إن فتح الله عليكم الطائف غدا فعليك بابنة غيلان فإنها تقبل بأربع و تدبر بثمان و قال النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم لا يدخلن هؤلاء عليكن قال بن عيينة و قال بن جريج المخنث هيت حدثنا محمود حدثنا أبو أسامة عن هشام بهذا و زاد و هو محاصر الطائف يومئذ

Zainab bint Abi Salamah reported from her mother, Umm Salamah radiya Llahu ‘anha: The Nabi salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam entered my presence while there was a mukhannath (effeminate/hermaphrodite) with me. He heard him telling ‘Abdullah ibn Abi Umayyah (Umm Salamah’s brother), “O ‘Abdullah, if Allah opens Ta’if for you tomorrow, you should see the daughter of Ghaylan. Indeed, she comes with four and goes with eight (i.e. she has four folds on her stomach and eight from the back).”

Nabi salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam then commanded (the women), “They (mukhannaths) should never enter your presence.”

Ibn ‘Uyainah said: and Ibn Jurayj said, “al Mukhannath come.” Mahmud narrated to us―Abu Usamah narrated to us from―Hisham with this wording and added, “And he was sieging Ta’if at that time.”

 

Al Bukhari narrated the hadith. The doubt created in the hadith is the presence of a mukhannath in Rasulullah’s salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam house. The answer to this is that the mukhannath is included among those without passion due to the understanding that he had no interest for women owing to his incapability. The following verse is evidence for this:

 

أَوِ التَّابِعِيْنَ غَيْرِ أُولِي الْإِرْبَةِ مِنَ الرِّجَالِ

Or those male attendants having no physical desire[1]

 

As soon as Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam heard his statement which suggests his inclination for women, he immediately commanded that he be barred.

The Shia narrate this hadith.[2]

Although al Majlisi judged that the hadith contains a majhul narrator, he affirmed the verdict saying, “Since the inhabitants of Madinah did not count them among those with desire. When the opposite became apparent, Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam commanded their removal to remove the corrupt element and to stop them from describing the beauty of women in the presence of men.”[3]

 

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[1] Surah al Nur: 31.

[2] Al Kafi vol. 5 pg. 523; Tafsir Nur al Thaqalayn vol. 3 pg. 593.

[3] Mir’at al ‘Uqul vol. 20 pg. 352.

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