من قال إن رسول الله خير من يونس بن متى فقد كذب
Whoever claims that Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam is superior to Yunus ibn Matta has lied.
This is an untruth. The hadith is not established with this wording. The actual wording is:
من قال أنا خير من يونس بن متى فقد كذب
Whoever says, “I am better than Yunus ibn Matta,” has certainly lied.
The Rawafid take the pronoun to refer back to Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and then lists this as one of the lies of Sayyidina Abu Hurairah radiya Llahu ‘anhu.
The pronoun refers to any servant just as it appears in other sahih narrations:
لا ينبغي لعبد أن يقول أنا خير من يونس بن متى
It is not appropriate for a servant to claim, “I am better than Yunus ibn Matta.”
The narration of al Bukhari:
لا يقولن أحدكم أني خير من يونس بن متى
None of you should ever say: I am better than Yunus ibn Matta.
لا ينبغي لعبد أن يقول أنه خير من يونس بن متى
It is not appropriate for a servant to claim that he is better than Yunus ibn Matta.
We should not forget that according to the Rawafid Sayyidina Yunus ‘alayh al Salam was punished since according to the understanding of people who are afflicted with the disease of melancholia, Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala kept him in the belly of the fish due to his rejection of Sayyidina ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib’s radiya Llahu ‘anhu wilayah and did not take him out until he accepted it.
 Sahih Muslim Hadith: 2376.
 Sayed Sharaf al Din: Abu Hurairah pg. 170; ‘Ali al Shahrastani: Daw’ al Nabi vol. 1 pg. 220.
 Sahih al Bukhari Hadith: 7101.
 Tafsir Furat 13; Bihar al Anwar vol. 26 pg. 333; Basa’ir al Darajat pg. 22.Back to top