How sound are these ahaadeeth which are often repeated?
“Love of one’s homeland is part of faith”
“Allaah created forty people in one image”
“Whoever saves a woman from drowning, she is his sister”
Praise be to Allaah.
Nowadays mawdoo’ (fabricated) ahaadeeth, false reports and made-up stories have become widespread. Many people have become used to repeating these reports without checking whether they are saheeh and without examining their real nature.
This is haraam according to sharee’ah and is an insult to common sense.
These three ahaadeeth are falsely attributed to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). It is not permissible to narrate them or quote them without clearly stating that they are false.
Al-Bukhaari narrated in his Saheeh (3509) from ‘Ali ibn ‘Ayyaash, Hareez told us, he said, ‘Abd al-Waahid ibn ‘Abd-Allaah al-Nasari told me, he said, I heard Waathilah ibn al-Asqa’ saying: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Among the greatest of lies is for a man to claim to belong to someone other than his father, or to claim that he has seen something which he did not see, or to attribute words to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) that he did not say.’”
And it was narrated by al-Bukhaari (110), and by Muslim in his introduction to his Saheeh (3) via Abu Haseen from Abu Saalih from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him), who said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Whoever tells lies about me deliberately, let him take his place in Hell.’”
Everyone who narrates fabricated ahaadeeth and stories about the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and does not point out which are saheeh and which are false is exposing himself to sin and the warning (of Allaah). Al-Suyooti mentioned in his book Tahdheer al-Khawaas min Akaadheeb al-Qussaas, p. 167, that whoever narrated false ahaadeeth deserves to be whipped and threatened with worse, and to be rebuked and boycotted; he should not be greeted, he may be talked about behind his back for the sake of Allaah, he should be referred to the ruler (to stop him doing this), judgement should be passed to prevent him from narrating such reports, and testimony should be given against him.
This is in order to defend the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and to eliminate false reports, and to protect individuals and societies against these fables and lies. We ask Allaah to keep us safe and sound.