أنت الذي تزعم أنك نبي
You think that you are a nabi!
The hadith is da’if.
Hafiz al Haythami remarks, “Muhammad ibn Ishaq is present in the isnad who is a mudallis and he has reported with ‘an.”
Abu Ishaq al Sabi’i is also present and he is a mudallis.
Salamah ibn al Fadl is also a narrator and he blunders abundantly.
This is exactly what Hafiz al ‘Iraqi stated in Takhrij Ihya’ ‘Ulum al Din.
So the hadith is defective due to the lack of explicit indication of having heard it. A mudallis’s narration is accepted when he says: he narrated to me and not when he says: ‘an.
Al Ghazali reported it. This is from the conglomeration of thousands of da’if and even mawdu’ narrations which are found in his book al Ihya’. This narration per se was the reason for the scholars directing their criticism in his direction.
Ibn al Jawzi has directed his criticism towards al Ghazali for him narrating this hadith in particular and including in his book thousands of da’if and mawdu’ narrations in general.
 Majma’ al Zawa’id vol. 4 pg. 322.
 Takhrij Ihya’ ‘Ulum al Din vol. 2 pg. 43.
 Sayd al Khatir pg. 120.Back to top