I was reading a (poorly written) essay recently, wherein a hadith was mentioned but not fully quoted. Allegedly, the classical fuqaha used it to forbid bay' al-kali bil-kali (Selling of debts for debts).

Beyond that, all I know is that it was reported by Ibn 'Umar, as related by al-Tabrani (sic).

What does this hadith say, and how authentic is it?

  • It may be the hadith that forbids selling what you don't own. – ashes999 Jun 2 '13 at 9:47
  • @ashes999 I don't think so; that hadith is explicitly referenced later in the essay through al-Tirmidhi. – goldPseudo Jun 2 '13 at 13:18
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    a link to the essay would be awesome. – ashes999 Jun 3 '13 at 18:07

عن ابن عمر - رضي الله عنهما - ، أن النبي صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم نهى عن بيع الكالئ بالكالئ

The Prophet prohibited the selling of debts for debts

The Hadith

Note: One of the persons mentioned in the sanad of this Hadith is (موسى بن عقبة) and that is a mistake, for the narrator actually is (موسى بن عبيدة).

As for the authenticity of the Hadith, it is Da'eef.

Sources: Irwa' Al Ghaleel إرواء الغليل Chapter 5 Hadith 1382

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