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The ink of the scholar is holier than the blood of the martyr.

Is this hadith authentic??

I learn it's from jami al sagheer

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The hadith you are inquiring about is:

مداد حبر العالم أقدس من دم الشهيد

The ink of the scholar is holier than the blood of the martyr.

I could not find the hadith in Al-Jāmi' as Saghīr, nor in any other book of hadith. However, there is a hadith with a similar meaning in Al-Jāmi' as Saghīr, which says:

يوزن يوم القيامة مداد العلماء ودم الشهداء فيرجح مداد العلماء على دم الشهداء

NOTE. My own translation, so treat with care.

The ink of the scholars is weighed on Judgment Day and the blood of the martyrs, and the ink of the scholars outweighs the blood of the martyrs.

— Al-Jāmi' as Saghīr, Hadith 14582

Even this second hadith was graded as madū' (fabricated) by Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani in his book Da'īf al-Jāmi' as Saghīr 2/937 (Arabic only). This hadith, too, has no known origin.

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Regarding the hadith quoted by III-AK-III:

يوزن يوم القيامة مداد العلماء ودم الشهداء فيرجح مداد العلماء على دم الشهداء

The ink of the scholars is weighed on Judgment Day and the blood of the martyrs, and the ink of the scholars outweighs the blood of the martyrs.

— Al-Jāmi' as Saghīr, Hadith 14582

Al-Suyuti graded this hadith as weak, but did not discard it in toto. Weak hadiths, whilst having no validity in doctrinal or legal/liturgical considerations, were encouraged in matters concerning general moral behaviour and ethics [fadaa’il-ul-a’maal] and there is nothing in this hadith that contradicts the Prophet’s dislike of war and preference for peaceable discourse [may Allah elevate and grant him wellbeing]. The thirteen century grand-theologian An-Nawawi expresses the orthodox position this way:

The scholars among the hadith specialists and jurists have said that it is permissible and recommended in matters concerning good conduct and virtues, as well as encouraging virtues and discouraging moral ills, to use weak hadiths, so long as they are not forged.

— Kitabul Adhkar, ‘Introduction’

  • The original version of this answer was problematic as it contained a large block of text critical of the scholar Al-Albani, which was entirely tangential to the question asked and disrespectful to the many people who follow his teachings. Answers here are not intended to respond to other answers, and we are not a site for proving or disproving which scholars are "more correct". All users, and the belief systems they follow, still need to be treated with respect whether one agrees with them or not. I have edited the post to keep it consistent with the standards we expect on this site. – goldPseudo Jan 24 at 22:22

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