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Hadith Al-da'if
Author/Source: Albani  Posted by: M Rashid Hai
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Hadith Al-Da’if -1 (Zaeef hadees)
“The differing amongst my ummah is a blessing”

Allah preserved the Qur'an from being initially lost by the martyrdom of its memorisers, by guiding the Rightly-Guided Caliphs, endorsed by the consensus of the Messenger's Companions (may Allah bless him and grant him peace and may He be pleased with them), to compile the ayat (signs, miracles, "verses") of the Qur'an into one volume. He safeguarded it from corruption by its enemies: disbelievers, heretics, and false prophets, by enabling millions of believers to commit it to memory with ease. He protected its teachings by causing thousands of people of knowledge to learn from its deep treasures and convey them to the masses, and by sending renewers of His Deen at the beginning of every century.

Similarly, Allah preserved the Sunnah by enabling the Companions and those after them (may Allah be pleased with them) to memorise, write down and pass on the statements of the Messenger (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) and the descriptions of his Way, as well as to continue the blessings of practising the Sunnah.

Unfortunately however, statements will continue to be attributed to the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) although the person quoting them may have no idea what the people of knowledge of Hadith have ruled regarding those ahadith, thus ironically being in danger of contravening the Prophet's widely-narrated stern warnings about attributing incorrect/unsound statements to him. For example, here is a very commonly-quoted hadith, which actually vary tremendously in their degree of authenticity from the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace):

“The differing amongst my ummah is a blessing”

According to Allama Nasir uddin Albani as recorded in his book “ Silsila ul Ahadith al-da’ifa wal Muduah wa asrahul lesi fil ummah” there is no truth in this hadith. Different Muhaddathin tried their level best to find the sanad ( the chain of narrators) of this hadith but failed. While referring to Imam Al-Subki, Imam Munawi said that this hadith has no significance amongst the Muhaddathin and I could not find sanad for it that wether this hadith is sahih, da’if or maudu. Allama Ibn e Hazm refuted this hadith in his book “Alehkam fil asoolul ehkam” He said if “differing amongst is blessing then the “coherence amongst ummah” is a source of annoyance for Allah SWT. For which not a single Muslim can believe. At another place Allama Ibn e Hazm has called to be this hadith to be false and against truth.

While arguing against the authenticity of this hadith Allama Albani referred to Qura’nic verse “ (O muslims) do not contest / argue with each other otherwise you will get weaker and your strength will diminish” (8/46). It is therefore evident that to refer differing amongst Muslims as blessings is absolutely against what Qura’n dictates.

It is requested that please do not (i) follow the views of men, with no reference to the Holy Qura’n and Sunnah; (ii) conveniently follow whichever scholar holds the easiest view, or that most agreeable to one's desires, again without reference to the fundamental sources.

In the last it is very humbly requested to please do read critically and learn your most beautiful Deen by yourself , enjoy its beauty, protect it and practice it. May Allah bless you all with His bountiful blessings. Amen.

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