Hadith Can Misguide Those Devoid of Fiqh

Taken from an article by GF Haddaad:

Ibn Abî Zayd al-Mâlikî reports Sufyân ibn `Uyayna as
saying: “Hadith is a pitfall except for the fuqahâ’,”

Mâlik’s companion `Abd Allâh ibn Wahb said: “Hadith is a
pitfall except for the Ulema. Every memorizer of hadith that does
not have an Imâm in fiqh is misguided , and if Allâh had not
rescued us with Mâlik and al-Layth [ibn Sa3d], we would have been

Ibn Abî Zayd comments: He [Sufyân] means that other than the
jurists might take something in its external meaning when, in fact,
it is interpreted in the light of another hadith or some evidence
which remains hidden to him; or it may in fact consist in discarded
evidence due to some other [abrogating] evidence. None can meet the
responsibility of knowing this except those who deepened their
learning and obtained fiqh.”

Ibn Wahb is also reported to say: “I met three hundred and sixty
learned people of knowledge but, without Mâlik and al-Layth, I would
have strayed.”

Another versions states: “Were it not for Mâlik ibn Anas and al-
Layth ibn Sa`d I would have perished; I used to think everything
that is [authentically] related from the Prophet – Allâh bless and
greet him – must be put into practice.”

Another version has: “I gathered a lot of h.adîths and they drove me
to confusion. I would consult Mâlik and al-Layth and they would say
to me, ‘take this and leave this.'”

Ibn Wahb had compiled 120,000 narrations according to Ahmad ibn Sâlih.

Hence, Ibn `Uqda replied to a man who had asked him about a certain
narration: Keep such hadiths to a minimum for, truly, they are
unsuitable except for those who know their interpretation.

Yahya ibn Sulayman narrated from Ibn Wahb that he heard Mâlik say: ‘Many
of these hadiths are [a cause for] misguidance; some hadiths were
narrated by me and I wish that for each of them I had been flogged
with a stick twice. I certainly no longer narrate them!'”

By his phrase, “Many of these hadîths are misguidance,” Mâlik means
their adducing them in the wrong place and meaning, because the
Sunna is wisdom and wisdom is to place each thing in its right

Another good read on the topic Shaykh Nuh’s commentary on the Reading of Sahih Bukhari on one’s own.


1 Comment »

  1. wow , now after some time of being a muslim , I never just take a hadeeth from any one , unless a learned scholar states it , because their is more to it , I hope one day inshallah I will get the chance to learn the science of hadeeth

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