The ‘Ulama’ of my ummah are superior to the Prophets of Bani Isra’il

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The ‘Ulama’ of my ummah are superior to the Prophets of Bani Isra’il

 

علماء أمتي أفضل من أنبياء بني إسرائيل

The ‘Ulama’ of my ummah are superior to the Prophets of Bani Isra’il.

 

The hadith does not appear with the word afdal (superior to) but rather:

 

علماء أمتي كأنبياء بني إسرائيل

The ‘Ulama’ of my ummah are like the Prophets of Bani Isra’il.

 

Nonetheless, it is mawdu’.[1]

Mulla ‘Ali Qari al Hanafi has stated, “It has absolutely no basis as al Dimyari, al Zarkashi, and al ‘Asqalani have ascertained.”[2]

Al Shawkani unequivocally declared it baseless.[3] Al Fatni concurred.[4]

Al Zarkashi said, “I am unaware of any basis for it.”[5] Al Dimyari and Ibn Hajar made similar comments. Al Sakhawi, al Suyuti, Mulla ‘Ali Qari, al Sahmudi, and al ‘Ajluni corroborated.[6] Some added, “It is not known from any reliable book.”

Al Munawi says, “The hadith is mutakallam fih.”[7]

The accurate statement of Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam is:

 

العلماء أمناء الرسل

The ‘Ulama’ are the authorised representatives of the Messengers.

 

Sheikh ‘Abdul Rahman al Hut al Bayruti declared it mawdu’ and baseless concurring with many of Huffaz. Despite this, many ‘Ulama’ insert it into their books observing negligence to the declaration of the Huffaz.[8]

 

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[1] Silsilat al Ahadith al Da’ifah Hadith: 466.

[2] Al Masnu’ fi Ma’rifat al Hadith al Mawdu’ vol. 1 pg. 123.

[3] Al Fawa’id al Majmu’ah fi al Ahadith al Mawdu’ah Hadith: 81.

[4] Tadhkirat al Mawdu’at Hadith: 85.

[5] Al Tadhkirah pg. 167.

[6] Al Maqasid al Hassanah pg. 459 Hadith: 702; Al Durar al Muntatharah Hadith: 293; al Asrar al Marfu’ah Hadith: 614; Al Ghimaz ‘ala al Limaz pg. 162; Kashf al Khafa’ Hadith: 1744.

[7] Fayd al Qadir pg. 16.

[8] Asna al Matalib pg. 278.

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