“I think that women were created for nothing but evil.” (Hanbal, Musnad, volume 6, p. 86)

Is the above report authentically attributed to the Prophet SAW?

  • Fwiw, I can't really find this Hadith with the given reference in the places I looked. That could just be because the one who referenced it used a different edition of the book.
    – The Z
    Mar 27, 2022 at 12:34
  • Where did you find this quote and reference?
    – The Z
    Mar 27, 2022 at 12:44
  • It's from a word document
    – Afiq
    Mar 27, 2022 at 12:48
  • @Afiq they took it out of context and its also da’eef
    – Hisham
    Apr 6, 2022 at 13:23

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The hadith is as follows:

قالت عائشة: دخل علي رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم بسرف وقد نفست وأنا منكسة، فقال لي: " أنفست؟ " فقلت: نعم، يا رسول الله، ولا أحسب النساء خلقن إلا للشر، فقال: " لا، ولكنه شيء ابتلي به نساء بني آدم

Aisha said: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ entered upon me when we were at Sarif and I was menstruating and I was depressed.

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ asked: "Are you in menses?"

I replied: "Yes, and I think that women are only created for evil."

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: "No, rather this is a thing with which Allah has tested the daughters of Adam."

Musnad Ahmad - Vol 6 Page 86

The context of this hadith is the same as Bukhari 294, Muslim 1211, Abu Dawud 1782, Nasai 290 etc.

Things to consider:

  • The part you have quoted was not said by the Prophet ﷺ, but rather by Aisha, and the prophet ﷺ negated it.

  • This hadith with this specific wording is weak because its chain is severed as Abu Ubaid did not meet Aisha.

  • Wouldn't a better translation be "a thing which Allah has tested the daughters of Adam with"?
    – The Z
    Mar 27, 2022 at 13:04
  • Jazak Allah khayr
    – Afiq
    Mar 28, 2022 at 11:08

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