‘Umar ibn Abd Al-‘Azeez preferring to feed people than to make a new cover for the Ka‘bah
Fatwa No: 287071

  • Fatwa Date:12-3-2015 - Jumaadaa Al-Oula 22, 1436
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Question

asalamu alakium dear Shiekh I have a question how authentic is the Hadith you mentioned in Fatwa no: 281746
The story of ‘Umar ibn Abd Al-‘Azeez preferring to feed people than to make a new cover for the Ka‘bah
my second question is what is the level of the chain id really appreciate an answer in this matter thank you jazakallahu khyran

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 ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger. 

Abu Nu‘aym cited this report in his book Hilyat Al-Awliyaa’. We did not find any Hadeeth scholar who declared it as either weak or authentic. Ibn Taymiyyah  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said about this book, Hilyat Al-Awliyaa’: "It is one of the finest books on the biographies of the ascetics, and the reports cited in it are more authentic than those cited in Al-Qushayri's Risaalah, the Hadeeth collections of his Shaykh Abu ‘Abd Ar-Rahmaan As-Sulami, Manaaqib Al-Abraar by Ibn Khamees, and other books. Abu Nu‘aym was more knowledgeable about Hadeeth sciences and narrated many Ahaadeeth and reports and is considered a more accurate narrator than those authors. However, the reports and Ahaadeeth cited in Az-Zuhd by Imaam Ahmad and Az-Zuhd by Ibn Al-Mubaarak and similar books are more authentic than those cited in Hilyat Al-Awliyaa’. It should be noted, however, that these books and others inevitably include weak Ahaadeeth and reports, and even some Baatil (false) reports, and Hilyat Al-Awliyaa’ is no exception. However, Hilyat Al-Awliyaa’ contains fewer false and weak reports compared to other books. The Hadeeth collections of As-Sulami, Al-Qushayri's Risaalah, Manaaqib Al-Abraar and the like contain more false Ahaadeeth and reports than the Hadeeth collections of Abu Nu‘aym. Abu Al-Faraj ibn Al-Jawzi's book Safwat As-Safwah quotes from the same sources as Hilyat Al-Awliyaa’, and the contents of the two books are mostly authentic. Nevertheless, they include false Ahaadeeth and reports. "

We do not understand what you mean by "level of the chain". If it is a repeated question about the degree of authenticity of the Hadeeth, then we have already clarified the answer above.

Allaah Knows best.

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