The status of the Musannaf of Ibn Abi Shaybah
Fatwa No: 273118

  • Fatwa Date:17-1-2015 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 27, 1436
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Question

Assalaamu alaikum, shaikh what is musannaf ibn abi shayba? I want to explain about this book to my people especially when telling them that Taweez (amulets) that contain Quranic verses are also haram. Jazaak ALLAHU Khair.

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.

The Musannaf of Ibn Abi Shaybah is one of the well-known compilations of Hadeeth and narrations about the righteous predecessors, in which Ibn Abi Shaybah compiled many Ahaadeeth according to subject, and narrated reports from the predecessors about that subject, regardless of the authenticity of those Ahaadeeth and reports. Therefore, it includes Ahaadeeth classified as Saheeh (sound), Marfoo‘ (attributed to the Prophet), Mawqoof (attributed to the Companions), and Maqtoo‘ (with discontinuity in chain of transmission).

Ibn Abi Shaybah  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him is one of the great Hadeeth scholars from among the righteous predecessors. Ath-Thahabi described him as follows: “He is the unmatched master of Hadeeth scholars, the trustworthy, the brilliant ‘Abdullaah Muhammad ibn Abi Shaybah; the author of the Musnad (book where Hadeeths are arranged alphabetically under the names of the Companions on whose authority these Ahaadeeth were reported) and the Musannaf and other works. He was one of the scholars at whose hands Imaam Al-Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Daawood, and Ibn Maajah studied.

Please refer to Fataawa 91549 and 83434 about the Islamic ruling on the use of amulets.

Allaah Knows best.

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