Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The hadeeth, “If you see poverty coming to you then say, ‘Welcome, O sign of the righteous’”


How sound is the hadeeth, “Allaah revealed to one of His Prophets, ‘If you see poverty coming to you then say, Welcome, O sign of the righteous, and if you see richness coming to you, then say, A sin whose punishment has been hastened’”?

Praise be to Allaah.


This hadeeth was narrated by al-Daylami in Musnad
al-Firdaws – as al-Haafiz al-‘Iraaqi said – from the report of Makhool
from Abu’l-Dardaa’. It is a da’eef (weak) hadeeth, for Makhool did not hear
anything from Abu’l-Dardaa’. 

See Takhreej Ihyaa ‘Uloom al-Deen, 4/191. 

It was also narrated by Abu Na’eem in al-Hilyah (6/5)
from the report of Mujaahid from Ka’b al-Ahbaar. 

And he narrated it in
6/37 from the report of Qutaadah from Ka’b al-Ahbaar. 

Both isnaads include Ishaaq ibn Bishr al-Kaahili, who is
matrook [i.e., his hadeeth is not accepted]. Abu Zar’ah said: he used to
tell lies.  

Al-Daaraqutni said he is kadhdhaab matrook (i.e., a liar
whose hadeeth is not to be accepted). Al-Azdi said: his hadeeth is to be
rejected and is not valid, and he was accused of lying. Ibn Hibbaan said: he
used to fabricate hadeeth and attribute them to trustworthy narrators
(thiqaat); his hadeeth should not be written down except by way of amusing
oneself with something weird. 

See al-Jarh wa’l-Ta’deel, 2/214; al-Du’afaa
wa’l-Matrookeen by Ibn al-Jawzi, 1/100. 

He is one of the storytellers and time-wasters. Al-Dhahabi
said in his biography of him: the shaykh, the scholar, the storyteller, the
weak narrator (da’eef), the time-waster, Abu Hudhayfah Ishaaq ibn Bishr ibn
Muhammad ibn ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Saalim al-Haashimi, whose teacher was
al-Bukhaari the author of al-Mubtada’, which is a well known book in
two volumes. Ibn Jareer and others narrated from him, and in it he spoke of
weird and disastrous things. 

Siyar A’laam al-Nubala’, 9/477,


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