Fabricated Hadith : Husband and Wife
So I saw the above hadith pop up on my Facebook. Again. This must be the fifth (sixth?) time I’m seeing this in my newsfeed. I’m thinking these things are like waves. They crest for a few days and then they disappear, and then come back again.
Back in 2012, when I saw a number of my friends sharing this in a romantic daze, I even messaged the person whom I thought uploaded it originally. The message was ignored, and now it’s back again. I really have to find who made this poster now.
The first three lines is the translation in Dhivehi, the language of my country, the Maldives. In case the text in the image is not very clear, the hadith is quoted as follows:
"When a husband and wife look at each other with love, Allaah looks at both with Mercy".
[Bukhari 6:19 & Tirmidhi 14:79]
This hadith is FABRICATED!
It is neither found in Sahih Al-Bukhaari nor in Sunan At-Tirmithi nor in any of the other books of hadith. But it is found in Shaykh Al-Albaani’s رحمه الله Silsilatul Ahadith Adh-Dha’eefah wa’l-Mawdhoo’ah, #3274 with the following wording:
“Verily when a man looks at his wife and she looks at him, Allaah will look at them both with a glance of Mercy, when he takes her hand their sins will be wiped away thru their fingers”
The Shaykh رحمه الله commented as follows:
This hadith is reported by Ar-Raafi’iy in his Taarikh 2/47, commenting on Maysara bin ‘Aliy in his Mashaykha with its chain of narration from Al-Hussain bin Mu’aadh Al-Khurasaaniy who narrated from Ismaa’eel bin Yahya At-Taymiy from Mis’ar bin Kidaam from Al-‘Awfiy from Abiy Sa’eed Al-Khudriy who said: The Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم and he mentioned the hadith.
I say (regarding this hadith): This is FABRICATED, damaged by this At-Taymiy, he is known to fabricate ahadith and he has false and troublesome narrations which some of it were already mentioned, and Husain bin Mu’aadh is almost like him, Al-Khateeb said (regarding him): He is not trustworthy and his hadith is fabricated.
This has become such a problem now, when people make posters without checking anything. They have good intentions I’m guessing, but falsely attributing something to the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم is a very grave and serious sin.
When you share hadith posters, please be careful. Take a moment to check whether the hadith is actually in the reference that is quoted. When I first saw this hadith two years back, I searched and searched Sahih Bukhari, but couldn’t find it. And that is how I learned that the reference, and the hadith itself was fabricated.
In fact, that was the second time I saw a false hadith quoted as being from Sahih Al-Bukhari floating around on Facebook. Sahih Al-Bukhari, is in fact the most authentic book after the Book of Allaah and negligence like this seriously undermines its authenticity. I mean, when we see a hadith as being cited as Bukhari, we don’t think twice about it right?
This hadith seems to be very popular, but no one seems to bother with checking when even a simple Google search will tell you that this is a fabricated hadith.
As I said, most of the time, people have the right intentions when they make posters and try to spread the knowledge of the deen, but they forget that it’s actually a scary thing to speak about Allaah and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم without verifying whether it’s true or not. And the internet makes it worse because it spreads so easily.
Those who share these posters, please don’t spread hadith posters without verifying their authenticity. And those who create them, please do so after checking your sources. Please try to understand that this is not a light matter, that we will be held accountable for it.
May Allaah forgive us our ignorance and save us from our own foolishness. Ameen.