I was recently emailed this hadith:

An Nawawi Hadith Number 030 : The Authority Of Jurthum bin Nashir

The messenger of Allah said : "Allah the Almighty has laid down religious duties, so do not neglict them. He has set boundaries, so do not over step them. He has prohibited some things, so do not violate them; about some things He was silent - out of compassion for you, not forgetfulness, so seek not after them."


What is being referred to by about some things He was silent? By the mention that it was 'out of compassion' it would imply to me these things are halal. But as we are not supposed to seek them out, are they then haram? If it's nebulous, are the mukhrooh...? Also, what sort of things specifically (obviously so I may try to avoid them, insha Allah)?

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They are anything have no rule in Islam. Your hadith says "so seek not after them" and this question seems is seeking after them. They are permitted and so better we do not seek them.

As an example:

And [recall] when Moses said to his people, "Indeed, Allah commands you to slaughter a cow." They said, "Do you take us in ridicule?" He said, "I seek refuge in Allah from being among the ignorant." (67) They said, "Call upon your Lord to make clear to us what it is." [Moses] said, "[Allah] says, 'It is a cow which is neither old nor virgin, but median between that,' so do what you are commanded." (68) They said, "Call upon your Lord to show us what is her color." He said, "He says, 'It is a yellow cow, bright in color - pleasing to the observers.' " (69) They said, "Call upon your Lord to make clear to us what it is. Indeed, [all] cows look alike to us. And indeed we, if Allah wills, will be guided." (70) He said, "He says, 'It is a cow neither trained to plow the earth nor to irrigate the field, one free from fault with no spot upon her.' " They said, "Now you have come with the truth." So they slaughtered her, but they could hardly do it. http://tanzil.net/#2:70

It is said in stories of prophets that there was only one cow with these specific terms. And it was for a young man who his father had a shop in market and his father was resting at noon and the key of shop was under his head while sleeping. At noon some very good customers came to home of young man and asked to immediately come and open the shop. When he came to pick the key see his father is sleeping and so did not want to bother his father and returned and said the customers I cannot open the shop and they left. For reward God sent those who were seeking to buy cow of this young man. After seek they found out only this young man has such a cow described by God. And young man said I sell it only if you give me gold at the same weight of cow. They finally accepted and young man became rich.

Another example is celebrating birthday of prophet that there is no evidence it is Haram in Islam. And so by default it is permitted.

  • But why are somethings halal but shouldn't be persued? Whereas others are stated as halal. Sep 29, 2012 at 9:30
  • @Pureferret to test Muslims and who obey Allah and who disobey Allah be distinguished for Judgement day. also what has no rules is Mubah by default and not always Halal but always permitted. Mubah and Halal are some different. Sep 29, 2012 at 10:26
  • @BattleofKarbala Can you share a reference to the story of that young man?
    – Ahmed
    Dec 22, 2018 at 8:39

Maybe this hadeeth rowaya is more clear. It's totally halal as I understand it in Arabic.

It was narrated from Salmaan al-Faarisi in the words: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was asked about ghee, cheese and wild donkeys. He said: ‘The halaal is that which Allaah has permitted in His Book and the haraam is that which Allaah has forbidden in His Book, and whatever He was silent about is pardoned

So those three things (ghee, cheese and wild donkeys) are certainly halal.

  • But why does it being pardoned make it halal? Surely if it was hares you wouldn't need pardoning for it? Sep 29, 2012 at 9:16
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    The rule is: everything is Halal, unless stated Haram. Every worship is not accepted unless stated in Quran and/or Sunnah. Sep 30, 2012 at 12:20

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