4

BUKHARI HADITH: Volume 7, Book 64, Number 268:

Narrated Abu Huraira: "The Prophet said, 'The best alms is that which is given when one is rich, and a giving hand is better than a taking one, and you should start first to support your dependents.' A wife says, 'You should either provide me with food or divorce me.' A slave says, 'Give me food and enjoy my service." A son says, "Give me food; to whom do you leave me?" The people said, "O Abu Huraira! Did you hear that from Allah's Apostle ?" He said, "No, it is from my own self."

In this hadith Abu Hurraira started as "Prophet said" then at the end he claimed it is from himself.

Why Abu Hurraira changed his narration ? How can we accept this hadith as Sahih if it is from him self ?

4

I'm sure i saw a Question about this hadith (or maybe an answer including it) here before.

But the answer is simple this is a Narration from Sahih al Bukhari. And Abu Huraira (May Allah be pleased with him) didn't change anything (and Allah knows best) but when you read the statement(s) you find out it has two separated parts.

One part where Abu Huraira (May Allah be pleased with him) narrate what he heard from our Messenger (Peace be upon him)

"The Prophet (ﷺ) said, 'The best alms is that which is given when one is rich, and a giving hand is better than a taking one, and you should start first to support your dependents.'"

So here at this point the hadith itself ends!


To support this here a couple of ahadith which have the more or less same matn

  • From Sahih al-Bukhari narrated by Hakim ibn Hizam (May Allah be pleased with him) and al-Bukhari gives an other chain for this which ends with abu Huraira!
  • From Sahih Muslim narrated by Hakim ibn Hizam (also as this Version is in many Hadith collections) (May Allah be pleased with him)
  • From Sunan an-Nasa'i narrated by Abdullah ibn 'Omar (May Allah be pleased with both) (This version can also be found in many Hadith Collections).

And what follows must be called saying of a sahabi or fatwa of ijtihad of a sahabi!

And the second part is an interpretation or an explanation (ijtihad) of the saying of our Messenger (peace be upon him) made by Abu Huraira (May Allah be pleased with him):

"A wife says, 'You should either provide me with food or divorce me.' A slave says, 'Give me food and enjoy my service." A son says, "Give me food; to whom do you leave me?" "

And this is what he said about

"No, it is from my own self."

And just to support my proof: You find this hadith in Riyadu-as-salihyn of Imam an-Nawawi quoted without the saying of Abu Huraira (May Allah be please with him) which is more or less the same (with a difference order of the sentences) and this fatwa (in Arabic) which goes ahead with my proof, so scholars distinguish between the hadith and the addition, which was ijtihad or saying of a sahabi!

And Allah knows best!

  • 2
    The link of Riyad al Salihin directs to a different hadith than the one mentioned. – Abdel Rahman Shamel Oct 26 '15 at 15:11
  • It's the same as it seems there's only a difference in the order of the parts of the statement! – Medi1Saif Oct 26 '15 at 15:20
  • Ah, I really apologize. – Abdel Rahman Shamel Oct 26 '15 at 15:27

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.