A statement falsely attributed to 'Umar, may Allaah be pleased with him
Fatwa No: 208294

Question

Asslam O Alaikum, Respected Sheikh, I want to verify the authenticity of one statement which is attributed to Caliph Umer (May Allah please with him) ie He Said: " Dont narrate from Prophet anything except which is related to acts of Worship" means Hadiths which are related to Beliefs are NOT to be narrated from Prophet. In this respect, kindly answer 1) where [in which book] the above statement of Caliph is mentioned? 2) Is The chain of narrators authentic? what is the chain of narration also? 3) What are the objects of mentioning this statement in mind of Caliph Umer jazak Allah kair

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His Slave and Messenger.

We did not find that statement attributed to ‘Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him in any of the books of the scholars that are available to us. It is well known that the Companions  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them held different opinions regarding writing down the Hadeeth in general and then agreed to write it down. Also, it was well known that ‘Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him held a strict approach regarding narrating the Hadeeth in general. His aim behind that was to make people careful when reporting from the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam; and his story with Abu Moosa Al-Ash‘ari  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him regarding the Hadeeth of seeking permission thrice, which was reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim, is well known.

As for allowing narrating what is related to the acts of worship apart from beliefs, then we never heard of it and such a thing cannot occur from anyone of the Companions  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them.

Allaah Knows best.

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