Nasihah (Advice): The great Tabi-ee Imam Abdullah ibn Mubarak (Rahimahullah) said:
“Isnaad (having an authentic source for matters pertaining to religion) is Deen itself. Therefore, be careful of your sources of Deen” (Sahih Muslim)
Q. A few days ago, I received a bbm with a Hadith that says “Whoever is the first to give another person the news about the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal, the fire of hell is Haraam for them”. Is this authentic?
(Query published as received)
A. We have not come across a Hadith in which it is mentioned that the fire of Hell is Haraam upon the first person who gives the news about Rabi’ul Awwal.
If this Hadith is fabricated and was not mentioned by Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, the person who fabricated the Hadith as well as all those who convey the Hadeeth are deserving of the severe warning of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “To fabricate my words is not like fabricating any other person’s words. The person who fabricates my words should prepare an abode for himself in the fire of hell.” (Sahih al Bukhari, Hadith #: 1291).
Unfortunately, due to wide spread ignorance coupled with the advancement of technology, messages containing false information and fabricated Ahadith are widely circulated. The composers of such messages as well as those who forward them to others should take heed of the severe warning of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam. It is therefore imperative that one exercises caution when one receives messages of such a nature wherein there is no authentic reference mentioned. Such messages or pieces of information should be referred to reliable and learned scholars for verification.
And Allah Knows Best
Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)
Council of Muslim Theologians