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“…’Imraan was so enraged [at hearing this] that his eyes became red…”

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين


Authentic sayings of the Prophet salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam come before Science, Rumi and any -ism!


Qataadah narrated,

“We were sitting in a group with ‘Imraan ibn Husain and Bushair ibn Ka’b. ‘Imraan narrated to us on a certain occasion that the Messenger of Allah salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam said, ‘Modesty is all goodness’, or he said, ‘Modesty is completely good. ‘ Upon hearing this Bushair ibn Ka’b said, ‘We have read in some books or in the wise sayings, that one kind of modesty is peace and dignity before Allah SWT, and the other kind has weakness in it.’ He [the narrator] said, ‘Imraan was so enraged [at hearing this] that his eyes became red and he said: ‘I am narrating to you a hadith of the Messenger of Allah salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam and you are contradicting it?!’ He [the narrator] said: Then ‘Imraan repeated the Hadith and Bushair ibn Ka’b again repeated the same words. ‘Imraan became furious. He [the narrator] said, we asserted: ‘O Abu Nujaid! Bushair is one of us; there is nothing wrong with him [excuse him].’”



From: The Authority and the Importance of the Sunnah by Jamaal ad-Din M. Zarabozo, pp. 87-88:

Abu Hamid Siddique commented on this hadith, saying,

This hadith explains the status of a Prophet. The source of Prophetic knowledge is divine;  it is, therefore, perfect and free from all  kinds of error.  Human wisdom is based on observation, experience and inference and can, therefore, be never infallible. This is the reason why the humanity has always been exhorted to follow the commands of the Prophets and not those of the philosophers. This hadith also clearly brings to light  the position of the hadith. It is a part of divine knowledge and, therefore, it should be accepted with religious devotion.

Jamaal ad-Din Zarabozo comments:

In this hadith Bushair is referring to some of the old books of the Arabs which contained their “wisdom”. But how can it be wisdom when it contradicts what the All-Wise has revealed? How could it be considered wisdom when the Messenger has stated the opposite to be true? How can one respect any contradictory statement when the Prophet has spoken?

In a complimentary footnote, he further says:

Unfortunately, one can find Muslims who follow ideas that contradict what the Prophet salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam  has stated. For some, especially from lesser developed countries, anything that comes from the “scientific West”  is considered superior  to what they have  of “traditional wisdom”. This may be due to some kind of inferiority complex. However, a Muslim,one who worships and submits only to Allah, should never feel inferior to anyone  or any civilization  that is void of the great guidance of Allah.


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