Distorting a Hadeeth is not Permissible
Fatwa No: 370864

  • Fatwa Date:18-2-2018 - Jumaadaa Al-Aakhir 3, 1439
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Question

When I was at school I did a play based on the blind man, bald man and leper Hadith.Without realizing the extent of my sin, I made changes to the revelation such as changing the bald man to a cripple.I made tawbah to Allah but I want to know if it’s kuffr if I don’t announce my mistake to everyone who watched the play?Also is it considered as disbelief to portray an Angel in a drama (the Angel arrived in human form though)?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

There is no doubt that distorting the Hadeeth of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is a kind of lying about him, and this is forbidden. Rather, lying about him is one of the grave major sins according to the consensus of the Muslims.

The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Whoever tells lies about me deliberately, let him take his place in Hellfire.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

An-Nawawi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said in Sharh Muslim:

Deliberately fabricating a Hadeeth is forbidden by the consensus of the Muslims, who are relied upon in regard to the consensus.

Al-Manaawi said in Faydh al-Qadeer:

This is a very severe threat, which indicates that lying about him [the Prophet] is one of the grave major sins, and some scholars considered it as Kufr.Ath-Thahabi said: “Deliberately lying about him is one of the greatest sins and some scholars considered it as Kufr……” [End of quote]

Hence, if you did so out of ignorance, then we hope that you are not sinful, let alone being a Kaafir.

However, you must beware of being negligent or indifferent about such a matter in the future.

It is worth mentioning that the ruling on a Muslim that he is a Kaafir is not an easy matter; rather, there are some conditions for that which we have already clarified in Fataawa 8106 and 87963.

Many scholars forbade acting in a play (featuring), but Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him permitted it with some conditions among which is to not feature the role of the Prophets and the Companions as this may include contempt to them or degrading their status. This meaning can be found in featuring the role of the angels, so it is not permissible, but this is not Kufr.

Allah knows best.

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